Seeing the street paving trucks roll into town is always a welcome sight. Of the many government services that we provide, street paving is one of my favorite because it’s so tangible and straight-forward: Pick a street, then get’r done.
As the tv commercial says, “so simple even a caveman can do it.” While that’s a bit of an overstatement, paving remains one of the least administratively encumbered functions that we do which is one of the reasons why we like it so much.
Dump trucks, rock aggregate, asphalt binder, a couple of rollers, and throw in a few flaggers for good measure and you’ve got an official paving train. Climb aboard.
According to our street condition data, our primary streets (SR 43, SR 59, etc.) are in quite good shape. Our secondary streets are a little less good and our neighborhood streets (as a whole) are probably the least well maintained. That’s not to say all secondary and residential neighborhood streets are bad — they’re not, and there are many that are in great shape, e.g., Vine Street; but there’s also some that desparately need resurfacing, and we’re doing our best to work our way down that list each year for as long as the funds hold out.
Our goal is to make sure that we keep all the roads in Kent safe — which means that the roads most traveled have to be in the best shape, which is why SR 43 and SR 59 look so good. From there, we look at the condition of the collector streets and while some of those are in good shape, there are admittedly some others that will need some work over the next couple of years.
If money wasn’t an issue we’d take care of all those collector streets too and jump right into the older neighborhood streets that are showing their age but with money tight we are forced to make choices about where to spend limited funds and it’s hard to justify fixing a neighorhood street that may only carry a couple hundred vehicles a day versus a collector street that carries thousands of vehicles a day. The good news for our streets is that thanks to some additional grant funds that we received for other Kent capital projects, we could actually devote more funds this year to taking care of streets than ever before.
This week the City’s paving contractor will begin resurfacing a couple of collector streets that really need the work; Summit Street (from Loop Road to SR 261) and Longmere Drive. As an old county road Summit Street is carrying far more traffic than it was originally intended and all those vehicles have taken a toll on the street. It may be the most potholed street in our street inventory but that’s about to change.
Here’s the Paving Contract Manager’s summary report for this year’s paving projects:
Tentative Start Date: 10/18/2010
Anticipated Completion Date: Both streets should be completed in 2-4 weeks. The latest completion date should be November 19th, 2010.
Summit Street From 250’ East of Loop Road to SR261.
Longmere Drive From Middlebury Road to West Main Street
The contractor will be removing and replacing the top 2” of the asphalt pavement.
The contractor will be removing and replacing 6” of asphalt pavement.
Project Traffic Disruptions and/or Detours
Traffic will be maintained by the contractor although the traffic will be reduced down to one lane in either direction where the work is taking place. Motorists can expect temporary delays from 5 to 15 minutes. The work being performed is a moving construction zone so portions of the street may be inaccessible for small durations of time. Access for emergency vehicles and safety forces will be maintained on Summit Street. It should be noted that Summit Street may be closed temporarily to through traffic in order to install the 1.5” surface course. “Road Closed to through traffic” signs and detour signs will be posted if the road is closed for paving. The road closure will vary in length from 2 hours up to 8 hours and will be reopened at the end of the day. If the contractor decides to close the road, a press release will be sent to everyone to inform them of the date and time of the closure.
The contractor will attempt to maintain traffic on Longmere Drive when possible but it is anticipated that there will be several road closures in order to remove and replace the pavement on this street. Access for emergency vehicles, safety forces and local traffic will be maintained on Longmere Drive during the road closures. “Road Closed to through traffic” signs and detour signs will be posted when the road is closed for the pavement replacement. The road closures will vary in length. The contractor is working on a tentative road closure schedule for Longmere Drive. Once the schedule is determined, a press release will be sent to everyone to inform them of the date and time of the closures.
It should be noted that the work schedules on both streets may be affected by inclement weather. Due to this, road closures may be extended or postponed until there are better work conditions.
Name: The Perrin Asphalt Company, Inc.
Address: 525 Dan Street, Akron, Ohio, 44310
Project Manager: Chuck Perrin Phone: 330-253-1020
Patrick Homan Office 330-678-8106