WADSWORTH — Public Services Director Robert Patrick said as long as Mother Nature cooperates, he is optimistic the section of College Street between Trease and Leatherman roads will reopen today after the paving of the new culvert over Holmesbrook Creek.
“We received word today that they will be in tomorrow, weather permitting of course to get that pavement down before the bad weather this weekend,” Patrick said during Wednesday evening’s city council meeting.
Patrick said that while the road was originally scheduled to reopen Oct.31, the rainfall over the past few weeks as caused delays.
Crews worked to complete the concrete curbing and install the sidewalk over the culvert during the past week.
Air temperatures have to be at least 40 degrees for paving, Patrick said.
“That is also when the plants are open,” Patrick said. “If it is really colder than that the plants don’t open so you can’t even get the material.”
Patrick said the high for today is expected to be in the 40s, hopefully providing enough warmth to get the job completed before temperatures drop Friday.
“We are happy because looking at Friday and the weekend, things are going to get real cold,” he said.
Patrick said that once the paving is complete, temporary striping will be completed and the barricades will be taken down.
“There is a signal at Letherman Road there, our traffic signal crew is ready to go as far as going out and making the switch to activate that into the old movements that it had,” Patrick said.
Patrick said the crew checked to make sure everything was working properly with the signal last week.
“It really will be a coordinated effort to get that opened up,” he said.
Kent’s Excavating Services Inc. of Seville has been working on the project since September after submitting a bid of $561,696.
Funding for the project will include $386,000 in grant funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission, $100,000 from the Medina County Engineer’s Office, $111,375 from the city’s street improvement fund and $75,000 from the city’s water fund.
The project’s total is not to exceed $717,866 per the contract.
The affected section of roadway near Holmesbrook Park was closed last April after heavy rains caused damage to the stone culvert underneath the road.
One lane was reopened, but the entire road was closed again last August after additional damage was discovered in the surface of the roadway.