Gahanna City Council's committee of the whole on Monday approved a street repaving program.

Gahanna City Council's committee of the whole on Monday approved a street repaving program.

The plan will use asphalt repaving and slurry seal, and earlier was requested by assistant city engineer Mike Andrako.

According to Andrako, the city maintains a list of streets that have been rated from 0 to 100, based on their need for repairs.

"We rate the streets every year," Andrako told The Enterprise. "I will drive around and rate the streets using a formula."

Andrako said engineers are looking for cracks in the concrete, potholes, bumps in the road and how the crack seal is holding up. Engineers identify the worst roads and drive over them again to determine where to make repairs.

This year's street-repair budget included $700,000 for overlay and $160,000 for crack seal.

Andrako said the slurry seal --a mixture of emulsified asphalt oil, rock, water and additives -- seals the entire road, but a crack seal covers only the crack. Overlay is the removal and replacement of the asphalt, he said.

Although the street-repair budget is on track with years past, the money for neighborhood streets is a little less this year because of repairs being made to U.S. Route 62, Andrako said. Repaving a major road takes money out of the pot for residential streets.

He said he was hoping to pave westbound Route 62 from Olde Ridenour to the corporation limits.

"We would do the westbound lanes this year and possibly the eastbound lanes next year," Andrako said.

He said it was cost-prohibitive to repave the road in both directions at one time.

Residents also determine which streets will be repaved.

Andrako said the engineering department typically gets complaints about residential streets. Engineers explain the process for rating streets.

"People think their street is the worst," he said. "We explain the process of rating streets. Usually, once they hear that and that we put a lot of thought into deciding which streets get done, they are usually OK with it."

City engineers are responsible for maintaining 136 miles of roadway, including major arterials and subdivision streets. Andrako said the city tries to get 25 years out of a street before making major repairs.

"If the street is near poor condition, we use a slurry seal to extend the life," he said. "Through streets don't last 25 years."

Repairs will begin in mid-June. Andrako said he likes to wait until school is out before the repair program begins.

Streets to receive crack seal are Anthony Court, Caroway Boulevard, Cloverly Drive, Deffenbaugh Court, Emory Street, Fareham Drive, Fenchurch Way, Gamewood Drive, Garston Court, Helmbright Drive, Higley Court, Hurley Court, Jahn Drive, Kenilworth Court, Lindenhaven Court, Marquis Court, Maybank Court, Midhurst Road, Old Forest Court, Palace Lane, Quaker Ridge Court, Rita Court, Saulsbury Court, Thorburn Place, Totten Drive, Trifecta Court, Waring Way and Windrow Court.

Streets to receive slurry seal are Adamson Drive, Audra Court, Beaverbrook Court, Beaverbrook Drive, Caroway Boulevard, Codent Road, Dunbarton Road, Frances Court, Fravel Alley, Hanbury Court, Jennie Drive, Lincolnshire Road, Littlebury Way, Muskingum Court, Muskingum Drive, Schillingwood Drive, Shull Avenue, Skinner Avenue, Venetian Way, Vivian Court, Witham Court and Wittenberg Street.

Streets to get asphalt overlay are Bow Drive, Carpenter Road, Cliffview Drive, Dark Starr Avenue, Fravel Alley, Hedley Place, Lindenhaven Road, Lodge Alley, Marinell Lane, North Hamilton Road (Old Mill Drive - Thorburn Place), Pizzurro Park Drive, Riva Ridge Boulevard, Schyler Way, Shady Spring Drive, Stone Alley and Wilson Alley.