Academic circle repaving starts March 3|
Posted 2/21/2014 Updated 2/21/2014
by Donovan Jackson
42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
2/21/2014 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- Due to a low rating on a recent pavement condition survey conducted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, a full repair of Chennault Circle on Maxwell will begin March 3.
The repaving is part of a larger project aimed at making repairs to various streets and parking lots.
Other areas of resurfacing will include Iron Wood Street, Kuter Street, Hanley Street and the parking lots of the Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development, the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and the CATM range facility.
"The repaving is necessary due to the failing of some of the base material below the surface of the asphalt," said Gary Arnold, a 42nd Air Base Wing civil engineer manager.
Arnold said to sustain streets and lots, portions of the worst pavements need to be repaved each year.
According to Arnold, Chennault Circle was rated 64 out of 100 on the pavement condition index.
Although the construction has been deemed necessary, the current conditions of the various areas pose no hazard to Maxwell.
Still, although the pavement is not in a critical condition, it is best to make repairs before they worsen, said Kristenia Livingston, a 42nd Air Base Wing asset management chief.
The entire reconstruction of the circle, various streets and parking lots will cost $743,100, Arnold said.
In order to complete the work and maintain traffic of the circle, the contractor will close one of the circle's lanes at a time.
"We will begin on the inside lane and will need to remove the asphalt and, in some locations, the base material," Arnold said.
Arnold said the contractor will keep the outside lane open with traffic flowing in a counter-clockwise, one-way direction and provide a stone crossing into parking lots so personnel who work around the circle can still park in the parking lots.
A similar process will be followed after completion of the inside lane when the contractor moves to the outside lane, he said.
"At that time, traffic will flow in a clockwise, one-way direction," Arnold said.