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One of the city's worst stretches of roadway is slated for repair.

The Woodbury City Council ordered staff to go forward with three road construction projects that won $1.25 million federal economic stimulus funding.

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On that list is a section of Weir Drive, near I-94, that was built about 35 years ago and scores a 25 out of 100 on a pavement quality rating.

"That's really one of the poorest sections in the city," Woodbury deputy public works director Klayton Eckles said.

Here is a breakdown of the stimulus-supported road projects planned for 2010, according to city data:

Weir Drive

• Where's the work: From I-94 south to near the Crosswinds Middle School entrance.

• What's wrong: Road was built in 1973 and is subject to occasional flooding; scores low on pavement quality rating; sees 2,600 vehicles a day.

• What's the cost: $345,000. Stimulus will cover most of city's $104,200 share; local assessments to account for roughly $240,800.

Pioneer Drive

• Where's the work: From Interlachen Parkway to Lake Road.

• What's wrong: Road was built in 1983; it scores between a 33 an 55 out of 100 on a pavement quality rating; and it sees 6,000 vehicle a day.

n What's the cost: $345,000. Stimulus will cover most of city's $308,000 share; local assessment to account for roughly $37,300.

Lake Road

• Where's the work: From Century Avenue to Woodlane Drive

• What's wrong: Road was built in early 1990s, but sees between 11,000 and 20,000 vehicles a day; pavement rated 45 out of 100, and a score of less than 60 is a sign that improvements are needed; work will coincide with temporary closure of Lake Road/I-494 interchange next summer.

• What's the cost: $1.38 million. Stimulus will cover most of city's $1.01 million; local assessments to account for roughly $370,000.

All of the projects were part of the city's road improvement plan, but will be expedited with the federal funding. That type of assistance is rare, Eckles told council members Sept. 9.

"Maybe it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to get some badly needed work done," Eckles said.

Mayor Bill Hargis said if the projects are not done now with the help of federal funding, local costs and assessments for the projects will be higher in the years to come.

"If we don't take this money, some other community is going to take this money," Hargis said.

The city will get bids in December. Construction is planned to start in May 2010 and be completed by November 2010. Local assessment hearings will take place in fall of 2010, Eckles said.

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