Just over $1.1 million and $151,000 for engineering will likely be spent this summer to resurface Amherst streets, pending approval by city council.
Those numbers don’t include a separate $644,800 paving project on Cooper Foster Park Road.
City council’s streets committee got its first look Monday at mayor Mark Costilow’s plan to rehabilitate Church Street, Spring Street, Meadowbrook Drive, Quail Court, Killdeer Court, Woodhill Drive, and Pearl Street.
In all, close to five miles of streets will receive attention.
It’s quite an aggressive plan, especially compared to 2015 when Amherst contracted Precision Paving just $457,000 for summer road work.
Costilow said he is trying to fix as many residential streets as possible in the next two years leading up to a Cooper Foster Park Road project on the city’s east side. That stretch will be expensive and officials will have to save up money for the job, he said.
There were concerns raised about 2016 project areas.
Councilman Joe Miller said Woodhill Drive residents are concerned that resurfacing work will compromise their neighborhood’s large, old trees.
Costilow told him something must be done on Woodhill because the road is “falling apart,” but the plan is to try to save the trees and complete the project with limited environmental impact.
Miller also asked the mayor to take action to improve drainage at Maude Neiding Park. Water there makes its way to Woodhill and is eroding pavement and sidewalks, he said.
Councilman David Janik raised questions about the Meadowbrook, Quail, and Killdeer subdivision where streets are currently concrete. He said residents are unhappy at the prospect of having asphalt laid.
“Getting that road smooth is the main priority,” Costilow said.
Asphalt is much less expensive to replace than concrete — about a third of the cost.
The mayor said that if enough residents there say they don’t want blacktop, it’s not going to get done at all this year.
The summer paving program was sent to the floor of council for a vote this Monday. It will likely go through three readings over six weeks before passage.
Also up for discussion was phase two of Cooper Foster Park Road, an estimated 2,800 linear feet of paving from where work left off last year. The construction zone starts near Target.
The project area will also include resurfacing of 400 feet of North Quarry Road to where it ends at Rt. 2.
The Ohio Public Works Commission gives zero-interest loans and Amherst has taken advantage of that deal for years for Cooper Foster upkeep.
The city’s estimated share in the project is $206,336 plus $27,264 for engineering, while state funding will cover $438,464.
That measure was also forwarded to the floor of council.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.
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