Public Service Director Paul Roman said at a council meeting on Monday that he will recommend that Dustin Road be repaved in phases.
Dustin Road and Isaac Streets Drive for years have been in poor condition. Roman said last year that Dustin and Isaac Streets are among the worst roads in the city.
The city sought grants to help fund the costly $2 million project, but was unsuccessful.
“It’s been a challenge to get the funding to go forward,” said Councilman Sandy Bihn, who has raised the issue in the past. “To our businesses, that’s a blight to the community and needs to be taken care of.”
“We only have so much money each year for our road program, and we’ve been unsuccessful in getting grant money from TIP (Transportation Improvement Project) and the OPWC (Ohio Public Works Commission),” said Roman. “What I’m asking, and what we have out for bid right now, is to repave close to half of Dustin this year, and do it in phases. I’m looking at a concrete replacement in lieu of rubberizing asphalt. It’s very difficult to do that in a phased approach. But we also think the concrete could also be attractive and extremely durable. So within the next few weeks, hopefully, if the bids are low enough, we’ll come back and look at doing a major piece of Dustin yet this year.”
Plans call for the project to be phased in over two to three years, he said.
“Then in 2014, the Coy and Dustin intersection project will occur. That will be a whole new intersection. Then eventually we’ll look at Isaac and Dustin, and Isaac as well,” said Roman.
“My hope is to remove Munding from the federal listing of roads, and try to put Isaac Streets in place of it. If we can do that, we would be eligible for future TIP funding. So there is some hope for Isaac,” said Roman. “But for Dustin, I think if we’re really going to do it, we’ll just have to do it in phases, smaller portions at a time. It may take up more of the road program money. I do try to stretch what we can. We’ve done a lot of crack sealing through the years, a lot of base repairs. It’s not as pretty as when we would do a full overlay, but I believe the roads are just as durable as they were before. I think we’re being sensible with how we’re spending money. That’s going to be our recommendation in the next few weeks.”
Councilman James Seaman asked Roman what it will cost to repair that section of Dustin Road.
“We have an estimate for this portion. It will be the bulk of Dustin between Isaac Street and Harvard Drive. It’s around $400,000-$500,000. That would be the bulk of our road program. We would still be doing a lot of base repair, like we’ve done in the past. But that would be the bulk of our program. When you look at all our roads and how they’re rated, for a while Wheeling Street and Otter Creek Road were rated pretty bad. Both of those roads are now paved. The next road in line is Dustin. This road really needs to be paved. I think the public knows that. It’s just a big cost,” said Roman.
“I’m glad to see Dustin phased in,” said Bihn. “It’s a good idea. I’m glad to see it going forward.”