Long backed-up street paving jobs are finally underway in the city of Amherst.
Milling equipment, in high demand after rainy June and July days, wasn’t available until just recently, delaying summer paving jobs all across Northeast Ohio. The machinery is used to grind down asphalt before new blacktop can be poured.
Early work started on Milan Avenue, where one lane was milled down earlier in the week.
That’s good news, because mayor David Taylor had previously predicted such work wouldn’t be done until mid-month due to the equipment shortage.
Now he believes work routine paving work to Milan, Lake Street, Main Street, and other Amherst drags will be finished when school buses roll Aug. 19.
That doesn’t include Cooper Foster Park Road west of Lake, where a resurfacing project will begin in late August.
It does, however, include the reopening of South Lake, where sidewalks are being poured on the east side of the street south of Harris Elementary School. The stretch was shut down in late July so state crews could shore up retaining walls over a gully.
Bridge work at Rt. 2 and North Main Street is on schedule to be completed in the coming week.
Now paving on Rt. 58 between North Ridge and Cooper Foster Park roads is set to begin Monday after several weeks of delays. Workers have been staging near the westbound exit ramp off Rt. 2.
That project includes drainage structure removal and replacements, concrete joint repairs, pavement repairs, planing, installation of loop detectors, and resurfacing.
The job is expected to be done at night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. — with one exception. Taylor said there is a strong possibility now that work on drainage infrastructure will be done during daylight hours.
In any event, smart motorists will anticipate delays and back-ups up and down the Rt. 58 stretch near the Lorain border as the project commences.