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Peabody could get low-cost chip-seal

Some streets in Peabody may be chip-sealed at minimal cost to the city thanks to excess chip-and-seal supplies from the county.

“For what we get and what we pay, it probably would be good,” mayor Tom Spencer said at Monday’s city council meeting.

County engineer Brice Goebel contacted Peabody public works director Lucas Larsen about doing some chip-seal work on city streets.

It makes sense for the county since there is so much chip-and-seal that can go to waste if it isn’t used soon, councilman Travis Wilson said.

“If they’re willing to come in at low cost or even better, no cost, I think we’d be willing,” he said.

Possible locations for chip-seal include 9th, Central, Maple, and Peabody Sts., Larsen said.

In the city’s own collaborative efforts, Larsen said he would look at applying cold-patch to a street that runs east-west along Peabody-Burns Elementary’s parking lot. The street will be rebuilt within the next year as part of the city and school district’s collaborative street project, but that section of street is in need of more urgent repairs for the time being.

The city also may need to add a culvert along a portion of next year’s street project that will run near the high school. A culvert may be needed at N. Maple St. near E. 9th St., depending on designs, so a fire hydrant in the area remains accessible.

Last modified Sept. 2, 2020