Gaps no more

New street repair project filling in many ‘left out’ areas
One of the “gaps” in Rockdale’s street grid is being taken care of this summer. For several decades there have been two Highland Avenues in northwest section of town. The first few blocks of Highland were developed in the early 1950s as the Coffield Addition was constructed to house hourly workers at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

Another section of Highland was developed in the late 1970s to mid 1980s, several blocks to the west. Connecting these two paved sections of the same street was two blocks which might charitably be described as dirt when it wasn’t raining and mud when it was.

Until the summer of 2010, that is.

The section of Highland between Rockdale Road and Palmer is being hard topped with asphalt and now has curb and gutter. Highland is now in reality what it has always looked like on the map, a “real” continuous street.

Coffield Street, which connects Highland to Alcoa, and fronts First Presbyterian Church, is getting the same treatment. It will be nice for that congregation to drive to worship on a paved street.

Those are just part of a massive street improvement project that will eventually see sections of about 30 streets improved in various ways.

The sections targeted are in all areas of town and include some well-used thoroughfares along with many in residential areas.

Projects are funded through federal FEMA grants and a bond sale by the city.

Most street paving projects are large in scope and target long areas of roadway. This one is an attempt to go back and fill in the gaps, to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” that got left behind, as they inevitably do.

It’s a great idea and it will benefit Rockdale and its residents.—M.B.

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