It will be a busy summer in the city for road-improvement work.
Overall, paving work on eight main streets will be done by October. Though a few projects have started, most get underway in July, said Charles Shasho, deputy director of the city’s public- works department.
There was a bump in the road on the Fifth Avenue improvement project.
The city sought proposals for six catch basins for that work, which goes from Gypsy Lane to U.S. Route 422. The city’s estimate was $60,000, but all five proposals were considerably more expensive, ranging from $113,784 to $156,003.
“I’m not concerned about it,” Shasho said. “We’ll see if we can eliminate or reduce it.”
Those seeking to be hired to do the Fifth Avenue project have until noon May 30 to submit a proposal. The project includes resurfacing, curb and sidewalk repairs and pavement markings.
The estimated cost is $1.3 million, which is being funded from federal and state grants, Shasho said.
Overall, $4.8 million worth of road-improvement work is being done on the eight streets with the city paying about $500,000. The rest of the money comes from federal and state grants, Shasho said.
“I have made a concerted effort to maximize the use of outside funding for road projects, and we’ve been successful at it,” Shasho said.
The other projects include:
Mahoning Avenue from Glenwood to Oak Hill avenues.
Hillman Street from Midlothian Boulevard to Indianola Avenue.
Poland Avenue from Jones Street to Shirley Road.
Schenley Avenue from Scheetz Street to Hillgate Street.
Midlothian Boulevard from Youngstown-Poland Road to Glenwood Avenue.
Albert Street from the exit of the Albert Street connector north to Hubbard Road.
Wirt Street from Park to Lexington avenues.
Also, the city will spend about $1.3 million on its annual neighborhood street-paving program, Shasho said. The list of streets will be finalized shortly, he said.