One of Derby’s oldest neighborhoods is set to get a facelift. City council approved a road reconstruction project.
The project includes Kay Street, located west of K-15, heading north on Water Street to Madison Street.
It’s an area with some of the worst road conditions, according to the city engineer, Dan Squires.
There streets are narrow with open ditches and potholes.
“We occasionally get complaints,” he said. “It’s been this way for a long time.”
Most of the area is around 100 years old, and city officials said the street system wasn’t constructed to “current engineering standards.”
The city is moving forward with a project to make the roads meet an “industrial standard.” An industrial street. is 20-41 feet wide with a curb and gutter. Right now, the streets are 18-20 feet wide, with no pavement structure.
“The new roads will be much wider move traffic better be safer and hold up better,” said Squires.
The area has homes and businesses. KSN’s Amanda Aguilar spoke to some business owners who shared their frustrations with the streets.
“We have 20-some trucks and trailers out on the road everyday,” said John Stulhlsatz, manager of Tendercare Lawn and Landscape. “It takes a toll on our trailers and our trucks, you know, going over the potholes. It rattles them pretty badly.”
Stulhlsatz added he’s looking forward to the much needed improvements.
According to Squires, the project costs over $3.5 million and they city is set to pay for the reconstruction.
The city plans to start the project in early 2019.
Derby is holding an informational meeting on September 19 from 4-6 p.m for residents and businesses to learn more about the road reconstruction project. It will be held at the Derby Welcome Center at 611 Mulberry.