BRUNSWICK –– City officials kicked off construction season Monday night by approving funds from the road levy for this year’s concrete and asphalt resurfacing program.
City Council unanimously approved a resolution to allow the city to enter into a $339,375 contract with Newburgh Heights-based Specialized Construction for the city’s asphalt program.
Council also approved a resolution allowing the city to enter into a contract with Brunswick-based Konstruction King Inc. for another $492,150 for the concrete repair program.
Money for these projects comes from the road construction levy.
Voters approved the 10-year, 1.2-mill road levy in 2014 with the promise that city officials will finally tackle deteriorating roads. It usually brings in about $830,000 a year, Finance Director Todd Fischer previously said.
The city’s Service Director Paul Barnett said the road projects will begin in June and end in July, at least that is what is expected by the city.
City Engineer Matt Jones said both programs will tackle problem roads in the city.
“The concrete repair program that was awarded (Monday night) is specifically for spot repair, so it would be for deteriorated joints, individual deteriorated slabs,” Jones said.
“We’re not redoing a whole street with this program. The asphalt program, typically, the intent for that is to do a whole section of a street curb to curb over a certain distance.”
Projects for the concrete repair program include repairs on Hickory Ridge Avenue from Blueberry Hill Drive to just west of Sterns Street.
“We’re using the asphalt program as a little bit of a pilot program,” Jones said. “This is the first time that we’ve done this.”
The city will use a process called asphalt overlay — instead of tearing up the old surface, the process uses the existing layers as base for new asphalt — to repair roads including Tyler Drive and the curve formed by Applewood Drive and Gaylann Drive.
Jones said the ideal street for asphalt repair is one that isn’t completely destroyed; one that still has concrete intact.
“For the first four or five years of the levy, we really needed to focus on hitting primarily concrete roads,” Jones said.
“We’re to the point now, especially in wards two and four, where we are starting to catch up. Instead of just hitting emergencies, we can look at making streets drivable for the long term.”