The full stretch of Elyria Avenue will get new asphalt this summer, following a unanimous vote Monday by Amherst city council.
“It’s a rough ride,” mayor Mark Costilow said of the thoroughfare from Middle Ridge Road to South Main Street.
While the surface of Elyria Avenue is pitted and pocked, the underlying concrete is structurally sound, he said.
That means crews will grind down and replace the blacktop but likely won’t have many full-depth repairs to make.
More than 3,000 feet of the heavily-traveled roadway will be replaced.
“This project will greatly improve road rideability for the traveling public and will include improvements to the storm drainage that will result in a reduction of inflow and infiltration to the sanitary sewer system,” said a proposal from Bramhall Engineering, which developed the project on behalf of the city.
Amherst officials will pay $135,000 up front and use $418,000 in Ohio Public Works Commission funds to cover the cost of the project.
Bramhall engineer Aaron Appell said the plan is to award the job to a contractor in May. Work can begin after state funds become available July 1 and wrap up in September.
Reflective signage upgrades will also be made along the corridor to improve safety, according to planning documents.
A separate vote approved repairs on a handful of other Amherst streets this summer:
• Crownhill Avenue will get new asphalt and a sanitary sewer replacement.
• Dodge Drive will get a new asphalt surface from Middle Ridge Road to the Northpointe subdivision, including sanitary sewer alignment improvements.
• Main Street will get intermittent drive lane repairs.
• Westlake Drive will get new asphalt and sanitary sewer repairs from West Martin Street to its terminus.
• Mayfield Court will get asphalt resurfacing and a waterline replacement.
• The Apple Orchard subdivision and various concrete streets will get some panel, joint, and expansion joint repairs. City council president John Dietrich said sandstone under the subdivision is constantly shifting, moving driveways, aprons, and the street itself.
Other areas might get new pavement, crack-sealing, or sewer repairs, based on what money is left over.
All told, the street repairs are expected to cost a little more than $1.1 million.
That spending is slightly lower than in some previous years.
Costilow said summer street work has been scaled back to save up cash for a big 2019 project on the eastern stretch of Cooper Foster Park Road.
That project was originally going to happen in 2018 but the mayor said funds won’t be released until late next year.
He expects to split a $2 million award with Lorain to help widen and resurface lanes along the commercial corridor.
Costilow also said it’s important to engineer the Cooper Foster plan so that it can be completed in one year rather than two, as was previously the time table.
“There are businesses there that can’t endure a two-year project,” he said. “There are some that wouldn’t make it. They would close their doors because of the construction and never reopen.”
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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Rough-surfaced Elyria Avenue will get new asphalt this summer as part Amherst’s annual road program.