Nothing says Spring better than tulips, daffodils and pot holes.
Unfortunately, with temperatures staying colder longer this year, the local asphalt plants waited to fire up their burners so fresh hot mix asphalt was harder to come-by, leaving mostly cold patch to fill winter’s damage to City streets — which is at best a temporary band aid.
By this point, pot holes are in full bloom with most of the cold mix having long since popped out of the pot holes, leaving a bumpy reminder of the havoc the freeze-thaw cycle does to City streets.
The City bought equipment last year that will allow us to heat limited amounts of our own asphalt so that we can extend the hot mix season but it took some learning to get that up and running so we haven’t been able to get to the level of pot hole productivity that we’d like yet.
The good news is the hot mix plants are producing now, and we’re buying and filling as fast as we can.
With Summer right around the corner we’re geared up to spend over $1 million paving the following streets:
– Crain Avenue (Water Street to Willow Street)
– N. Depeyster (Main Street to Crain Avenue)
– Fairchild Avenue (Major’s Lane to Hudson Drive)
– Franklin Avenue (Cherry Street to Summit Street)
– Majors Lane (Main Street to Fairchild Avenue)
And, thanks to a little higher than expected income tax revenues last year City Council voted to put an additional $178,000 in extra street seal coat repairs on the following streets:
- Verona Avenue (north of Adamle Drive)
- Robert Drive
- Delores Drive
- Allen Drive
- Hudson Road
- Longcoy Avenue
- Majors Lane (north of Fairchild Avenue)
- Stinaff Street
- N. Chestnut Street (north of Fairchild Avenue)
- Randall Drive
- Cuyahoga Street
- Harold Street
- Short Street
- Grove Ave
Besides the annual rite of pothole patching and paving, anyone that has driven down Mogodore Road between Stow Street and Cherry Street probably had the misfortunate of being greeted by a railroad crossing in dire need of repairs.
The City has contacted the Shelly Company to perform a fix for that railroad crossing and I’ve been told that it will be a two-step repair process. Step 1 will be a temporary repair which will by completed by May 7th, and Step 2 will be a permanent fix which would be done in mid-June.
In the meantime, if you care about the under-carriage of your vehicle, my advice is to avoid that section of Mogadore Road until after May 7th.