Trustees plan road repairs
The resurfacing project will cover more than eight miles of township roads.
By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
BOARDMAN -- About 30 township roads soon will receive a face-lift as part of the 2001 highway resurfacing program.
Trustees awarded a $340,781 contract for the project to Butch & amp; McCree Paving of Hillsville, Pa. The company submitted the lowest bid of five offered. The highest bid was $421,000.
Administrator Curt Seditz said Butch & amp; McCree has completed a number of quality projects around the area.
Seditz said a total of 8.54 miles of road will be paved. There will be an estimated 10,700 tons of paving material used in the project. No start date has been set.
Chuck Harris, road department supervisor, said a large-scale paving program is conducted here every year. The program allows the township to maintain high quality roads with few car-damaging potholes, he added.
"Gary [Dawson], the road superintendent, goes through the entire township every spring and checks all the roads to determine what roads have been patched the most. We upgrade the worst ones," Harris said.
Long-term plan: There are about 150 miles of road in the township. Paving about eight miles each year, Harris said, would mean each township road will be paved in a 20-year period. This system is used to enhance the longevity of the roads.
Not all of the streets included in the project will be completely repaved. Some will be resurfaced only in the areas where it is needed. Most township roads are old but are still in pretty good condition, he added.
"We have several roads still with the original pavement, but they have held up all these years and there probably still are not any major problems with them," Harris said. "But after 20 years, it is just time to redo the blacktop."
Worst roads: Harris added it is difficult to determine which streets are actually in the worst condition, but he said Prestwick, McArthur and Stadium drives and Sheridan Road are at the top of the list.
Sheridan Road is the only township road that required major repairs after winter weather caused the pavement to crack and heave.
Funding will come from the township's portion of state taxes on goods such as gasoline.