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Boardman faces increased paving costs

Published: Sat, June 16, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern



Township trustees, like many area government officials, are dealing with rising costs of petroleum-based products and paying more for paving this year than originally planned.

Trustees unanimously awarded the 2012 highway resurfacing program contract to Shelly Co. of Twinsburg, which submitted the lowest milling rate, $6,500 per day, of the five companies that bid.

The total contract is for $363,703.74 to resurface all or portions of 14 roads or a total 3.7 miles. The township maintains 144.06 miles of road.

Trustees budgeted $300,000 for paving but said they didn’t want to wait and fall behind on repairs, especially because paving costs are expected to keep rising, said Administrator Jason Loree.

“We can’t go backwards on our street,” Loree said.

Road Superintendent Larry Wilson said he would like to do more, but the costs are too high and the money isn’t available.

Last year, the township spent $212,011.44 to pave all or portions of 10 miles of road. In 2005, the township paid less than the 2012 contract and worked on double the number of roads — $358,431.67 for 28 roads.

About five years ago, the road department estimated that it would take $4.8 million to make all needed repairs to township roads. Wilson said he’s sure that cost has ballooned since then.

This year, the township will pave all of Devonshire, Midgewood and Brainard drives, Friendship Avenue, Orlo Lane and Southwoods Place.

It will pave portions of Buena Vista Avenue, Midlothian Boulevard and Halbert, Appleridge, Presidential, Angiline, Cathy Ann and Silver Fox drives.


1southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 4 years ago

We will all be walking soon anyway...

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2NoBS(2762 comments)posted 4 years ago

I thought Midlothian was State Route 625??

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3TOP_E(6 comments)posted 4 years ago

It used to be SR625. Now it is SR170.

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4NoBS(2762 comments)posted 4 years ago

OK, so why is Boardman paving a state route?

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5Penguingirl(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

You would think with all the money that was saved on overtime with plowing roads and salt this past winter, there would be more to spend on road improvements. Driving on Southern Blvd. is like driving on a washboard.

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6keepingitreal(25 comments)posted 4 years ago

Exactly, where did all the money go that was just saved on last year's warm weather?

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7Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years ago

We must lay off all the teachers , fireman , policeman , Stop all their pensions and benefit's . We need roads . Cut all their pay, make all the schools private.
OH wait,,, did I beat the GOP/TEA types on this one Sorryyyy , But I;m sure I left something out . OH OH YES the unions .

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years ago

OH OH OH I forgot The trustees it is also their fault . Vote them out

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9Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years ago

NO NO that's not all !!!!! it was also GM and what their did to the guys who had worked for them for 15 years .

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10jeepers(127 comments)posted 4 years ago

It would be easier to make a list of roads that are not too rough. It would be a very short list. I have lived in Boardman my whole life-60 yrs., The roads are worse this yr than I can ever remember. RXR Crossings on Southern are bad at Indianola Road, Maple and 2 more. A couple are ok. Also, I thought I saw that Glenwood Ave., between Ewing Rd. and Southwoods was to be paved . It sure needs it-carries plenty of traffic daily.IMHO

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