Weather, other factors have slowed John Stine Road improvements

Published 9:20 am Saturday, August 21, 2021

Westlake’s John Stine Road is being improved, but hurricanes and other weather events coupled with the challenge of getting manpower and certain materials has caused delays.

“It’s just an inch at a time instead of a foot,” said Vernon Meyer, Meyer and Associates, the city’s engineering consultant.

Meyer said it’s just not McManus, the contractor, that’s having problems.

“The concrete supplier that quoted them the best price had somehow changed their mix, and when you do that, you can’t just automatically pour concrete without approval from DOT.

Meyer said that the crew was forming up to pour another 350 feet on Monday, August 23.

The Myrtle Springs project will commence once the John Stine project is completed. That is expected to be during the fall of this year, according to Meyer.

“We still have a long way to go on John Stine to get the front part of the project complete from Sampson to Foster Lane,” he said.

Two projects did receive funding at the last legislative session, according to Meyer. The American Rescue Act provided $300 million statewide for infrastructure improvement. Meyer said the maximum grant for each local municipality is $5 million with DEQ ranking sewer and water projects before house and senate prioritizes.

“Five hundred thousand dollars have been set aside for the sewer project and $500,000 to build the ground storage facility on Shady Lane in Westlake.