Hillsboro’s Ash Street NOW OPEN (photos)

Newly reconstructed North Ash Street was opened to traffic Friday, Aug. 13, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m.

The project, funded primarily with an award of $412,500 in stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, began May 11. The original plan was to replace the worst sections of the old concrete with new concrete, then apply an asphalt overlay over the remaining sections of the street.

Late into the project, a federal inspector required that all of the old concrete be replaced either with full-depth asphalt or full-depth concrete. The Hillsboro City Council choose the more expensive option, full-depth concrete, because of its longterm durability. The change cost the city an additional $125,000.

During construction, traffic entering Hillsboro via Ash Street was detoured through the former AMPI property and down Main Street to Grand Avenue, before returning to Ash Street from there.

City Administrator Larry Paine said prior to the ribbon cutting by Mayor Delores Dalke that Hillsboro was able to achieve a $600,000 project with a local investment of only $125,000.

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