Work began on more than 100 miles of Delaware County roads last week as part of the county engineer's annual resurfacing project.
Until July 8, crews will be paving, surfacing and sealing 54 miles of county roads at a cost of $2.93 million, as well as 60 miles of township roads at a cost of $3.5 million. About $1 million of the township costs will be funded through grants by the Ohio Public Works Commission.
Each year, the county looks to its continuously updated pavement condition database to select which roads will receive treatment during the summer.
Rob Riley, chief deputy engineer at the Delaware County Engineer's Office, said instead of replacing roads entirely, this program is about preserving roads and saving money in the long run.
"The important thing to note about pavement preservation is that we don't always go to the worst road first with a treatment," Riley said. "We try to select the roads that we can extend the life of relatively inexpensively through chip-and-seal and surface treatments."
Some of the largest pieces of the project include upgrades to Africa Road and Sawmill Parkway, which are both county-owned roads.
Pavement repairs and asphalt resurfacing on Africa Road will stretch from the Westerville city limits to 500 feet west of Worthington Road and from state Routes 36/37 to Cheshire Road.
Sawmill Parkway will have cracks sealed from the Franklin County line to Seldom Seen Road and from Home Road to Hyatts Road, all in Liberty Township.
Several stretches of Liberty Township roads will be repaired in 11 sections, but Orange Township will receive the most repairs in the county.
A total of 23 sections of Orange Township roads will be repaired under the plan, including a portion of Home Road that runs from Liberty Road to U.S. Route 23.
Drivers in the city of Delaware can expect to see improvements along portions of Pollock and Armstrong roads.
There are no planned road closures, Riley said, but drivers can expect to see flaggers on the roadway to redirect traffic in areas being fixed.
A complete map of roads in the project and a list of dates that work is planned can be found on the Delaware County engineer's website, www.co. delaware.oh.us/engineer/projects/2013RIP.htm.