SOUTH HAVEN — Residents living along Pearl Street can expect to feel a smoother ride along their road this summer.
Pearl, from Erie to Church streets, will be repaved as part of two improvement projects approved Monday by South Haven city council members. The other road slated for resurfacing is the driveway leading to the Department of Public Works complex on 8th Avenue.
Compton Inc. of South Haven expects to start the $432,600 project next week and plans to complete it by June 29.
“Typically, this work consists of removing and replacing the surface course to improve ride quality, installing barrier free ramps for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and performing other minor repairs,” city engineer Mike Dopp stated in a report submitted to the city council.
The improvements to Pearl Street and the DPW drive are part of the city’s 2018-19 street resurfacing projects, which included upgrades to Apache Court and Elkenburg Street from Center Street to LeGrange Avenue. Apache and Elkenburg were resurfaced last fall.
More street repairs are on the way for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The city’s proposed 2019-20 budget calls for the following upgrades:
• Repavement of Van Buren Street from Indiana to Center streets.
• Repavement of Kalamazoo Street from Clinton Street to Michigan Avenue.
• Repavement of Florence Street.
• Repavement of Hubbard Street from Superior to Phoenix streets.
The city also plans to cape seal sections of three other streets. Cape seal differs from chip seal in that a heavier sealant is placed on top of the road surface, according to DPW Director Bill Hunter.
The following streets are scheduled to be cape sealed:
• Monroe Boulevard from Aylworth Avenue to Erie Street.
• Broadway Avenue from Phoenix Street to the Dyckman Avenue drawbridge.
• 73rd Street from 2nd Avenue to Tractor Supply.