59 streets to be repaved throughout Youngstown
Only two companies submitted proposals for the street work.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
and ANGIE SCHMITT
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITERS
YOUNGSTOWN -- Coronado Avenue resident Lee Chapman, 60, was relieved to hear his street is one of the 59 scheduled to be resurfaced as part of the city's 1.42 million street rehab project.
"It needs it," he said. "We've had sinkholes all year long."
Chapman's neighbor Debra Burger said Coronado hasn't seen fresh blacktop since she bought her home in 1984.
"There definitely have been potholes that have developed over the years," she said.
The board of control voted Thursday to hire the Shelly Co. of Twinsburg to repave several city streets in all the city's seven wards. All the work is scheduled to be completed within four weeks.
As it did last year, the Shelly Co. submitted the least-expensive proposal, beating Shelly and Sands' price of 1.63 million.
Shelly and Sands, of Akron, did the city's street resurfacing from 2003 to 2005.
The resurfacing will take no longer than 75 days from the point it begins to be finished, said Carmen S. Conglose Jr., the city's deputy director of public works. The Shelly Co. finished the work last year in less than 60 days, he said.
32.5 lane miles
The 59 streets are equivalent to 32.5 lane miles, Conglose said. A lane mile is one mile long and 12 feet wide, he said.
The city will use 700,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to pay for the work with the rest coming from money it collects from a 5 vehicle license fee.
The 1.42 million price is about 150,000 higher than the city paid for essentially the same amount of resurfaced lane miles last year.
The increase is largely caused by higher petroleum prices, Conglose said. Petroleum is the key component in asphalt, he said.
The city started the project about a month earlier than usual because of concerns that petroleum costs would continue to increase, Conglose said.
The public works department compiled a list of streets in need of resurfacing, and then met with each of the seven members of council to review the streets on the list in their respective wards, he said.