CLINTON — City representatives and McClure Engineering Consultants presented plans for improvements to Prospect Avenue Thursday at a public hearing.

The project will consist of upgrades and additions to Prospect Avenue from 23rd Place to 14th Street and Chancy Street from Prospect Avenue to Sabula Avenue.

According to representatives from McClure, the project will include upgrades to the existing rural section of asphalt road with an improved profile. The street will consist of a 27-foot wide reinforced concrete roadway with a rock sub-base and storm sewers, which will be separate from the existing sanitary sewer.

The project will include the installation of a sidewalk on one side of the street. The sidewalk will be placed on the street’s south side until crossing over to the north side just before the Chancy Street intersection.

The project should also allow for parking on one side of the street, which will be determined by the city council. Certain sections of the road will also have retaining walls installed due to sloping properties and the close proximity of houses.

Before presenting segment by segment plans of the project, representatives stated that the goal was to minimize property impact.

The project was then presented through diagrams of the road which outlined locations for new storm sewers, intersections to receive improvements and a profile view of the road. Intersections along Prospect Avenue to be included are those of Barker Street, Dunham Street, Chancy Street, Sabula Avenue and Wallace Street.

The section of Chancy Street included in the project will be a 31-inch wide section of road starting at its intersection with Prospect Avenue and ending at its intersection with Sabula Avenue. Driveways along the street will be matched to help with drainage.

Also, a section of 24th Place will be blended in to a public alley to facilitate delivery to businesses that sit along it. Improvements to the alley will be matched into 23rd Place.

City Engineer Jason Craft stated that the city will need to acquire right of way in some places along the project. Property owners will be contacted about acquisition.

Also, Craft stated that the new proposed project assessment policy states that property owners will pay 100 percent of the costs associated with curb and gutter, sidewalks and driveways. The city will pay for the remaining project costs.

Craft indicated that property owners pay significantly less with this policy than they would have under the past assessment policy. It called for the city to pay for project costs associated with the storm sewer while property owners paid for 25 percent of all other costs.

The current assessment cost is estimated at $230,000, while the city’s cost is estimated at approximately $1.25 million. Under the old assessment policy, property owners would have been charged $310,00 with the city paying about $1.1 million.

According to Craft, the current assessment policy is based on the area of the properties affected by the project. The maximum assessment is 15.86 percent of the property value.

Sidewalk assessments are determined by which side of the street it is on. Property owners with the sidewalk on their side of the street are assessed 35 percent of the cost, while those across the street are assessed 65 percent. Craft stated that those with the sidewalk along their property were charged less because they are to maintain it once it is installed.

A list of assessments for property owners was provided at the meeting, but representatives stated that numbers could change once the project’s actual costs are determined.

Following the presentation, Craft and McClure representatives made themselves available to answer residents’ questions individually.