- By Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Royal Palm Beach’s village council last week gave the OK for a nearly $3 million contract covering repaving and drainage projects throughout the village.
The most difficult and time-consuming part of the work involves adding underdrain to northwest parts of Ponce De Leon Street, village engineer Chris Marsh said. The contract approval was on the council’s Feb. 1 consent agenda, which was approved unanimously.
“That involves digging a three-foot deep trench next to the roadway, tearing up and rebuilding those driveways along there,” he said.
Residents along the area where the underdrain will be installed may not even realize there is a drainage issue because it exists beneath the road’s surface, Marsh said.
“It’s a little bit different than your traditional complaints where there might be pooling,” he said. “The groundwater is seeping into the roadway base, and the surface starts to deform.”
Parts of Ponce De Leon and La Mancha Avenue will be repaved using a process called “full depth reclamation,” an environmentally friendly technique where the asphalt under the pavement is blended with a new material to create a fresh base for pavement.
Several streets — Camelot Court, Hemingway Court, Kings Way, Knights Court, Oxford Court, Picasso Court, Princess Court, Princeton Court, Queens Lane, Royal Court, Van Gogh Way, Waterway Road, and parts of La Mancha Avenue and Ponce De Leon — will see traditional repaving, Marsh said.
As crews get ready to work on each part of the project over the next year, notifications will be sent to residents along each street. Marsh said those along Ponce De Leon where the drainage work will be done will receive door hangers. “It will require coordination with those homeowners with their existing irrigation systems,” he added.
Others can expect a door-to-door visit before work begins on their street. Each street receiving traditional resurfacing will take about 30 days, and the reclamation process on La Mancha and Ponce De Leon will take about a week for each road, Marsh said.
The work will be done by Lake Worth-based Engecon Construction. The $2.99 million is being paid for through the village’s general fund, Marsh said.