QUINCY -- Jessica Trine and Zack Perrine have lived at 1609 Monroe Street, a one-story ranch style-house, for a little more than a month and still remember the first time they toured the property.
"We loved the house and the neighborhood, but we noticed right away how bad the streets were. We were hoping that the streets would be fixed soon," said Trine as she glanced at the pothole riddled road.
That hope for smoother roads is coming sooner than perhaps Trine or Perrine or any of the other residents in the neighborhood anticipated as city officials took the preliminary step to resurface Monroe Street from South 16th Street to South 18th Street and to resurface South 17th Street from Monroe Street to Madison Street.
The project, which was originally slated to be a part of the city's annual capital improvement plan, is now being paid for using $500,000 in Motor Fuel Tax revenue following a vote by the Quincy City Council on Monday. The change in funding comes as the city continues to grapple with an expected revenue shortfall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to streetwork, ?officials say they also plan to add sidewalks and concrete curb and guttering. Also included in the plans are to make improvements to the city's water mains in the area, but this portion of the project is not being financed by the fuel tax.
Steve Bange, a senior project engineer with Quincy's Utilities and Engineering Department, said the overall design for the project is still pending.
"We hope to have everything ready for it to be bid this fall and for construction to begin sometime in the spring of 2021," Bange said. He added that the construction date is being pushed back due to concerns that an early winter could delay the project's completion.
Bange said he expects the project to be completed within three months from the time construction crews arrive on site.
Trine and Perrine say they are more than willing to deal with their neighborhood being a construction zone for three months especially if the reward for their patience is pothole-free streets.
"We are perfectly OK with that," Perrine said.