CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Weaver Street open, Anderson Street next

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  • By David Poe
  • 71st Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
Almost $1.2 million of base curb and road renovations will continue into 2016, said Glenda Watkins, Vance's chief engineer.

Overhauls that had closed Weaver Street and will close parts of Anderson Street over two phases were initiated to improve Americans with Disabilities Act sidewalk access compliance.

The first phase of the Anderson Street project will close half of the road's length (from Elam Road to Hancock Avenue) and is expected to last approximately 60 days. The second phase will close the other half of Anderson's length from Hancock to Brown Parkway.

Also included in the Anderson upgrades will be redesigned and regraded ramps at the base theater to improve access.

Road closures will not prevent vehicle access to the theater as it will remain reachable via Hancock.

While Weaver received asphalt surfacing in addition to sidewalk upgrades, Watkins said Anderson will receive a concrete surfacing, which is more durable, due to the street's historically higher heavy-vehicle traffic.

Watkins said concrete can't be placed on days when the outdoor temperature is less than 40 degrees. If cold weather hampers the effort, crews will postpone starting the second phase until warmer weather arrives.

Double Bit Inc. of Athens, Texas, the primary contractor for this project, has joined with subcontractor Altus Sand and Gravel of Altus, Oklahoma.

Altus, who laid the new asphalt on Weaver, also recently completed a new runway overrun at Kegelman Air Force Auxiliary Field, an auxiliary airfield of Vance.