Paving the way

City-wide paving starts Monday

Times Observer 6photo by Josh Cotton Madison Ave. between Carver St. and South St. is on tap for repaving in the next couple weeks. The city’s 2018 paving project kicks off on Monday.

Paving in the City of Warren is coming to a street near you next week.

City staff announced on Facebook that the 2018 milling and paving project “is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 10.

“Milling is expected to be completed within the first three days (pending weather conditions) with paving to be completed over the next several days. Streets will be posted for ‘No Parking’ on the days on which milling and paving activities are to occur. Residents of streets on the list are asked to watch for the postings and to move vehicles parked on the street so that the project may move forward in a timely manner with as little disruption as possible.’

The following city blocks are on the list as part of this project:

¯ Bent Twig Rd. from Willoughby Ave. to Bird Ave.

¯ Cedar St. from Pennsylvania Ave. E. to Lexington Ave.

¯ Hazel St. from Fourth Ave. to Fifth Ave.

¯ Hill St. from McPherson St to Connecticut Ave.

¯ Lincoln Ave. from Muir St. to the terminus.

¯ Madison Ave. from Shantz St. to Carver St. and from Carver St. to South St.

¯ Palm Ave. from Wayne St. to Custer St.

¯ Wayne St. from Cayuga Ave. to Palm Ave.

A portion of the old runway at Betts Park is also slated to be repaved.

“The Betts Park paving is funded by a private donor and will not utilize City funds,” the City said on Facebook.

In addition to the paving, wedge curb work will be completed on Tall Trees Rd. from Bird Ave. to the terminus and Hill St. from McPherson St. to Connecticut Ave.

At a Warren City Council work session held in April, Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz outlined how the city determines what blocks get paved.

The first step in determining what will be paved in a given season has occurred the same way for nearly 20 years.

Calling the process the “basis of everything we do,” city staff examine each street in the city, Holtz explained.

A book has been created where “every block in the city is laid out on these pages” and the streets are ranked on a scale of one to five – worst to best.

The 2017 paving project was completed this year as the contractor on the job ran out of time and offered the city a financial concession in order to permit the work to be completed this year.

A block of asphalt costs approximately $33,000 on average to mill and overlay.

The city typically receives about $225,000 from the state as liquid fuels allocation that the city dedicates to paving.

Roughly $800,000 will be spent on paving between the 2017 and 2018 projects.

Holtz said that includes about $125,000 in general fund money in the 2018 budget.