A wide swath of city roadways will be repaired or resurfaced during the next month through Delaware's 2008 maintenance program.

A wide swath of city roadways will be repaired or resurfaced during the next month through Delaware's 2008 maintenance program.

A total of 38 Delaware streets and roads will receive surface upgrades through July 17 as contractors for the city engage in an annual program to improve the condition of local roadways.

Dublin, Ohio-based Chemcote Inc. began the work last Monday and will be paid $513,000 to completely resurface 11 streets and provide less extensive repairs to 27 others.

"Every two years, we have a pavement-condition index taken of all city streets," said Lee Yoakum, Delaware's community-affairs coordinator.

"This is a rating done by an outside source that determines the pavement conditions. We also look at things like the nature of the streets, whether it's a (traffic) collector or a low-volume street," he said.

"The ultimate factor in which streets receive maintenance is what funds are available."

This year's maintenance schedule is larger in scope and price than the 2007 program, which yielded $473,000 in upgrades to 35 streets.

Street resurfacings entail the removal of one and a half inches of existing pavement.

Several days following that process, the pavement is replaced.

Lesser repairs dubbed by city officials as "asphalt rejuvenation" include the spraying of a clear liquid over roadways to replenish chemicals which are lost during asphalt production and over time, Yoakum said. "Slurry sealing" consists of applying a thin mixture of liquid asphalt and concrete that seals the surface of existing pavement.

"There is a preventative maintenance schedule we follow," he said. "Asphalt can only be applied in warm-weather or warmer-weather months."

Streets to be resurfaced are: Alice Drive, from Kensington Drive to Phase Line; Columbus Avenue's south terminus to Park Avenue; Grand Circuit Boulevard, Lachance Court to Warrensburg Road; Hills-Miller Road from the city's west corporation limit to U.S. Route 23; Northwood Drive from Georgetown Drive to its east and north terminuses; Penick Avenue from its west terminus to West William Street; Pleasant Court from Richards Drive to its north terminus; Rutherford Avenue from Executive Boulevard to its west terminus; Sylvan Avenue from its west terminus to Oakhurst Drive; and Willow Run Lane from Rock Creek Drive to Phase Line.

Montrose Avenue also will receive a partial resurfacing from Park Avenue to West William Street.

Roadways scheduled to receive asphalt overlays between June 24 and July 7 include: Berne Street from West Heffner Street to Pennsylvania Avenue; Chestnut Street from West Heffner Street to Pennsylvania Avenue; Kirkland Street from West Heffner Street to Pennsylvania Avenue; and South Washington Street from Bernard Avenue to Park Avenue.

An asphalt rejuvenating agent will be applied to: Ashburn Drive from state Route 521 to its north terminus; Barrhill Drive from Glengary Drive to Fieldcrest Drive; Carson Farms Boulevard from Cobblestone Drive to West William Street; Cheshire Crossing Drive from Cheshire Road to Amber Light Circle; Crystal Petal Drive from Phase Line west of Sunny Shell Court to Cheshire Crossing Drive; Fieldcrest Drive from state Route 521 to Brittany Drive; Plowington Drive from Rockmill Street to Carson Farms Boulevard; Rockmill Street from Canal Street to Phase Line; Ruby Red Lane from Cheshire Crossing Drive to Crystal Petal Drive; and Wheatfield Drive from Cobblestone Drive to Carson Farms Boulevard.

Additionally, slurry seal is slated for: Aspen Court from Thornapple Trail to its north terminus; Ash Street from Hawthorn Boulevard to Dogwood Drive; Columbus Avenue from Park Avenue to West William Street; Dogwood Drive from Hawthorn Boulevard west to Ash Street; Georgetown Drive from Troy Road to its north terminus; Hawthorn Boulevard from Liberty Road to U.S. Route 23; East Heffner Street from North Sandusky Street to North Union Street; West Heffner Street from Euclid Avenue to North Sandusky Street; New Market Drive from Rock Creek Drive to West William Street; Spring Street from South Liberty Street to South Sandusky Street; Thornapple Trail to Hawthorn Boulevard; and North Union Street from East William Street to East Heffner Street.

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