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Committee to assume active role in reviewing roadwork


In the wake of recent complaints about roadwork, members of Pataskala's street committee have agreed to become more involved in the city's Road Asset Management Plan.

"The 2013 RAMP was challenging and we still have some issues we're dealing with," said Benjamin King, the city's director of public services.

King told the committee Nov. 18 it should be more involved in reviewing construction projects and make sure the design and layout will meet the city's expectations.

"There needs to be a more active role from the committee in this," he said.

The city borrowed $1.355 million to complete RAMP projects in 2013.

King said some were completed with no problems, mentioning Mill Street and some of the neighborhood streets.

"The city will benefit from those for a long time," King said. "The base is solid."

In a few cases, however, the city must take care of issues caused by contractors working on the 2013 RAMP.

"It shouldn't create additional work for us when the contractor is done," King said.

John Gross of Stantec Engineering, Pataskala's engineering firm, agreed and said city workers are doing a great job fixing problems, but they shouldn't have to do any work after a contractor is done with a road project.

King said city crews are inspecting the grading on Cable Road, which has caused problems with culverts, and workers are trying to determine how to fix an uneven road surface in the Bright Waters subdivision.

The city used a process called microsurfacing on roads in Bright Waters. Residents have complained that the surface is ridged.

Microsurfacing is "a polymer-modified cold-mix paving system" that is expected to lengthen the life of a street by filling in ruts and leaving a smooth, sealed surface behind, according to International Slurry Surfacing Association.

King said city officials are working to determine if the contractor applied the surface correctly or if the city should have used a different process on those roads.

He said the city is working with the contractor to determine if a second layer will improve the situation or if the roads must be milled down and rebuilt.

He said the same surfacing process was completed with success on Adams Lane.

Council member Pat Sagar asked the street committee Nov. 18 how the city can avoid similar problems in the future.

King said the city needs better baseline information about the road before any projects are started. He said city officials need to look at road projects on a larger scale, studying culverts, berms and other aspects that can be affected by road construction.

"It's not OK to pave a road and then go back and have to replace a culvert," Gross said, as an example.

The street committee members plan to meet again before the end of the year to further determine their role in the process.