ASHTABULA — The city hopes to tackle portions of seven streets in need of paving this summer, with money from grants and the street paving levy passed in November 2019.
The biggest project — Lake Avenue from the bridge where it intersects with West 19th Street and West Avenue, heading north to West 9th Street by the Circle K store — will cost the city about $295,000, City Manager Jim Timonere said.
The remainder of the cost will be covered by two grants, a Community Development Block Grant and Ohio Public Works Commission grant, totaling $495,000. The entire project is expected to total $790,000 and will likely begin in July because it can’t be bid out until the grants are signed and the new fiscal year begins July 1, Timonere said.
As for the tentative list of roads for the 2021 paving levy project, the city will use a year-and-a-half of the 4-mill, five-year levy which generates about $750,000 a year. Preparing bid packages for six or so city streets will be ready sooner, Timonere said.
“The Lake Avenue project and street paving will probably be two separate jobs,” said Christopher Tolnar, professional engineer and project manager. “They are both large jobs.”
Last year, the city only used levy money generated from the first half of the year — about $333,000. So this year, it has nearly $1 million to work with and Timonere estimates Lake Avenue (city’s portion is $295,000) plus six streets ($613,000) should cost about $908,000.
“We are looking at any opportunity to extend this money as far as we can,” he said. “We won’t know how much everything will cost until we get the bids back, so this list is tentative for now.”
The tentative list of roads for the 2021 paving levy project are:
• East 23rd Street (from Harbor Avenue to Columbus Avenue);
• Hamlin Drive (from West Avenue to Ogden Avenue);
• West 15th Street (from Union Avenue to Ohio Avenue and Ohio to Michigan);
• West 64th Street (from Amelia Avenue to Austinburg Road);
• Tannery Hill (from Main Ave to bridge), and
• Tennis Circle.
An alternate bid may also include Ogden Avenue (West 58th Street to Hamlin Drive) at a cost of $61,400, he said.
Before the street paving levy, the city spent between $350,000 to $400,000 annually on street paving. But that money never stretched far, typically just eight streets per year and that doesn’t count big stretches of major thoroughfares, such as Lake Avenue.