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Higher fuel costs force city to curtail summer paving

Published: Sat, June 16, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

By David Skolnick



The increased costs for petroleum and diesel fuel are causing the city to scale back its summer paving program.

The city is having 58 streets, largely in residential areas, paved at a cost of $1,305,219. The streets are equivalent to 23 lane miles, said Charles Shasho, deputy director of the city’s public- works department. A lane mile is one mile long and 12 feet wide.

In comparison, the city spent $1,425,842 in 2011 to pave 71 streets, equivalent to 26 lane miles, and $1,454,408 in 2010 to pave 80 streets; equivalent to 29.2 lane miles.

“In an ideal world, I’d like to see triple [the amount of streets paved], but, obviously, that’s not reality,” Shasho said. “We have a good database of streets that need to be paved. Unfortunately, we can’t do all of them. The costs of petroleum [a key component of asphalt] and fuel for trucks continue to go up.”

The paving work will begin by the end of this month and be finished by mid-August, he said.

The streets selected to be paved typically come from citizen complaints to city council members and city workers, Shasho said.

Public-works employees rate streets based on their condition, such as cracks, potholes, uneven paving and wear-and-tear, he said.

The city does not take into account the last time a street was paved when deciding which ones make the list, Shasho said.

“We’re not on a four-year cycle” for streets, he said. “If the street doesn’t need to be paved, I don’t care if it hasn’t been paved in 100 years as long as it’s in good shape.”

Diorio Paving of Girard submitted the least expensive price for the work beating out two other companies. Diorio handled the city summer paving work in 2010.

Most of the money for the paving will come from a federal Community Development Block Grant and the city’s $5 motor vehicle license-tax fund. About $100,000 will come from the city’s water budget.


1redeye1(5273 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank the guy in the white house who thinks $5.00 a gallon for gas isn't bad.

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2southsidedave(5129 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

@middlefinger...you remind of another poster, and not in a good way

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3DontBanThisDrone(814 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I like how they blame the lack of funds on higher fuel costs. Higher fuel costs are a fraction of what the higher personnel costs are.

There's no money available because it all goes for salaries, benefits and pensions. It's not exactly a secret, lol.


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4thinkthentalk(296 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

redeye, thank your obstructionist party of no for this countrys problems.

midfing, brick is slippery, noisy, bumpy, hell on snow plows, and doesnt sustain hard turning/stopping truck traffic. In Petersburg years back, the bricks actually rotated from the trucks making the turn.

Chip Seal is only cosmetic. If pavement surface is broke or rough below, all distresses will still be there and reflect through. Like putting new linoleum on bad subfloor with holes and cracks.
Todays asphalt mixes now have polymers that extend useful life to 12-15 years. Believe me, fighting mother natures stormwater, ultraviolet rays, high/low temperature extremes, you have to respect the life that you get from asphalt concrete.
Chuck is exactly right on the higher fuel costs. Asphalt concrete is 95% stone that has to be mined, trucked to a plant, heated to 300+ deg, trucked again, and placed with expensive machinery that is leased. These trucks and machinery are not economical high mpg.

One guy (Chuck), administering this large program? Your comment DontBan is not valid. If you are refering to the laborers placing the asphalt, dont even go there. These guys EARN every penny.

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5redeye1(5273 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Blah He's the one who goes on TV and says $5.00 a gallon for gas is fair. All this did was give the speculators the okay to fight for higher profits.

To all other posters I didn't say who would be a good president, all i said was I hope BO gets thrown out of November. I'm not sure who I will vote for either. If we are lucky a popular independent will join the election.race. as a third party.

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6cambridge(3474 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

redeye1.....I have never read an quote or seen a video of Obama saying he wants $5.00 a gallon gas prices. How about you producing one and posting it on this thread since you keep saying it over and over again.

Here is video of Obama speaking about gas prices. his words not yours.


Buy the way. The president has NO control over the price of gas. Oil companies are privately owned. Oil companies keep raising the price of gas so they can continue to make record profits quarter after quarter.

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7Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

They need to just excavate the current roads and start pouring concrete. It is an improvement that is more costly, but highways and other roads which are made with concrete tend to last over 30 years and don't have much upkeep for the first 15.

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8redeye1(5273 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

TTT go to youtube.com They have a bunch BO comments concernig gas prices. He says that he against coal miners in one video, in another he talks about raising gas prioces gradually , so that americans can get used to them. Just type in Obama about gas prices

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9cambridge(3474 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

redeye1.....So in other words you can't produce a video or an article from a reputable news source showing a Obama saying the words "I want gasoline to reach $5.00 a gallon"?

I've looked on YouTube and Google and can't find an article quoting Obama or a video showing him making that comment.

Makes me think you just made that crap up.

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10Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I don't get it...

you guys blame republicans but LOOK WHO IS IN OFFICE!

Don't blame the other guy for the problems going on in this area, state, region, country, etc...

The issues we face today are because of the current leaders, not the ones 4 years ago nor the ones 4 years from now.

I agree, the current republicans on the ballot coming up are terrible, they are by far some of the worst candidates I've ever seen, but the democratic candidate isn't much better and some could argue, is much worse!

The bottom line is we need some real home grown change. The issues we have can be solved a dozen different ways, using ideals from liberals, conservatives, democrats, republicans, etc...

Stop putting a label on everything... Come September, vote for the person who is the best candidate not because of their status or affiliation, but for their values and beliefs and how they plan to change our country for the better.

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11cambridge(3474 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Billy_Bob....Thanks for the insight and advice. Can't wait till September.

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12Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Better early than late! I know it's Nov 6, but the fact is, people don't show support for their candidate until after the fact. Get out there and do your part and get informed.

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13buster62(24 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I would like to see a list of streets the city plans to pave. I will make a bet none are main streets. They are probably side street nobody hardly uses.

They want to pave a street, try Wick Ave. by the college.

You need more money, cut the Mayor's and the over priced counselmen's salary for a year.

I pay enough in city taxes and I do not live in Youngstown. I live in over priced Boardman and work in Youngstown.

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14ytownsteelman(670 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Last year Arrow Street on the east side was paved. You know Arrow Street, an little dead end with three houses on it! Maybe it got paved because the Golden Dawn is on the corner of Arrow and Logan?

Why are streets such as Arrow and Avon, another dead end, being paved while the main street through downtown, Wick Avenue, is completely full of potholes. I thought YSU was the savior of the city, if so then why pave everything but the main road that runs through campus?

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