City charters company to resurface roads

The project begins June 28 and is slated for completion by Sept. 8.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The city is spending $1.27 million to resurface 52 streets, primarily in Youngstown's residential neighborhoods.
The board of control hired Shelly Co. of Twinsburg for the work. Shelly submitted the job's least-expensive proposal.
The company beat out Shelly and Sands, the Akron-based company that handled the city's summer street resurfacing program the previous three years. Shelly and Sands' proposal was $1.46 million. The city engineer's estimate for the work was $1.4 million.
This is Shelly Co.'s first time resurfacing Youngstown's streets, but it has an extensive history of doing good work for the Ohio Department of Transportation and nearby communities, said Carmen S. Conglose Jr., the city's deputy director of public works.
The project
The resurfacing project begins June 28 with a planned completion date of Sept. 8. No streets will be closed during the resurfacing project, Conglose said.
The 52 streets are equivalent to 32 lane miles, he said. A lane mile is one mile long and 12 feet wide.
The city is using $750,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds and $475,000 from money it collects from a $5 vehicle license fee to pay for the project.
Also, the city's wastewater treatment department is providing $60,000 to raise the manhole covers on these streets to make sure they are properly graded.
The city's water department is providing $8,000 from its budget to raise water valves on these street, also for proper grading.
Overall, that is about $23,000 more than Shelly's bid, with the extra money in place if there are change orders.
Public works department employees drove through the city to compile a list of streets in need of resurfacing, Conglose said. Department officials met with each of the seven members of council to review the streets on the list in their respective wards, he said.
"It was a smooth process, and council was very cooperative," Conglose said.
The city resurfaces its main streets every 10 years, and its secondary and residential roads on an as-needed basis, Conglose said. Some of those secondary and residential roads hold up so well that it can be as long as 20 years before they need to be resurfaced, he said.

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