FULTON, Ill. — As the weather warms and the frost finally begins to thaw, that means only one thing for the Fulton public works department — street maintenance.
After months of brutal weather changes, heavy traffic and damaging snow plows, road construction is just part of the job for public works director Dan Clark, but this year he said things won’t be too bad for Fulton residents.
Because they have consistently cared for the streets throughout the winter, there are few areas that need major repairs, but with every municipality, standard maintenance projects are inevitable.
“Our road work projects are down quite a bit this year,” Clark said. “We pretty much just have maintenance work planned. Crack sealing, road edges, cold patching and filling pot holes is about all we’ve got.”
One project they have inherited this year, though, is a paving project at the Fulton Marina.
Because the marina is considered a municipal entity, the gravel roads are city streets and since the city took over ownership of the harbor two years ago, preservation of the area has become its responsibility.
Although it is an additional cost for the city, it does give officials an opportunity to spruce it up and enhance it to the city’s standards.
“We’ll be spending quite a bit of time at the marina this year,” Clark said. “There will be a lot of dock work but the biggest will be chip sealing the whole marina.”
While the city will have to fund the project, they will see a significant cost reduction because Whiteside County will head up the construction. The county covers many road projects for the city of Fulton and while Clark appreciates the savings it presents, he does wish his own crew had the equipment to do the project themselves.