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Summer street repairs target 17 projects

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The city of Marysville is about to tackle its 2014 pavement maintenance program.

Assistant City Engineer Rob Priestas said the annual street-repair program should get underway in the next couple weeks, depending on weather and the contractor's schedule.

The city's website lists 17 projects that will be completed, with more possible in the future. Priestas said the city determines which streets will receive maintenance using a tracking system.

"Every street is evaluated in the field on an annual basis by our office using a handheld GPS unit that utilizes a program to assign a rating (0-100) to each street segment based on condition (i.e. pot holes, cracking, etc.)," Priestas said in an email. "These ratings are then used to prioritize which roadways are candidates for the pavement maintenance program."

The tracking-and-rating system was designed by Mike Andrako, Marysville's public service director, when he was deputy service director for Gahanna. The system, which uses GPS and GIS technologies, cut a job that once took Gahanna more than a month down to 20 hours.

The technique became popular in other central Ohio communities, some of which -- including Marysville -- contracted with Andrako to integrate the program into their own systems. He was later hired as Marysville's public service director in October 2013.

"Last year was the first year that we used the program. It has provided a huge benefit to the city by drastically reducing the time needed to not only rate the streets, but manage the data as well," Priestas said.

Andrako said the system helps pinpoint roads that need the most attention, instead of just fixing a particular street because of complaints from residents. This also helps the city plan ahead financially for which streets will be next on the list for maintenance.

"Our crews do a very good job of identifying and addressing issues with our roadways, but we definitely would like citizens to let us know if they see areas of concern on our streets," Priestas said.

The city's Board of Control approved a paving contract in April with Strawser Construction Inc. of Columbus for $829,796.20.

The city also will use $71,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for some of the projects.

"The grant covers the resurfacing of a small alley just west of Oak Street between Eighth and Seventh streets, and sections of sidewalk on Ninth Street, Chestnut Street and Oak Street, to improve pedestrian connectivity to Eljer Park," Priestas said.

The maintenance is expected to be wrapped up by late summer or early fall, depending on weather.

Priestas said residents can find up-to-date roadwork information on the city's website and Facebook page.

Here are the projects scheduled for this summer:

* Alley between Seventh and Eighth streets, west of Oak Street

* Cherry Street, southbound lane (from the railroad crossing to Lakeview Drive)

* Clovernoll Court

* Damascus Road (Gables Drive to West Fifth Street)

* East Fifth Street at Chestnut Street, striping to install left-turn lanes

* East Fifth Street (eastbound) at Coleman's Crossing Boulevard, install a right-turn lane

* Fire Station 271, parking lot expansion

* Jim Simmons Trail, pave the northern section

* Lewis Park, pave the southern parking lot

* Mill Creek Park, parking lot expansion

* North Plum Street (East Fourth Street to East Sixth Street)

* Pinehurst Court

* Pinehurst Street

* Sidewalk improvements at various locations on Chestnut, Oak, East Ninth, East Sixth and East Fifth streets

* Todd Court

* VanKirk Drive

* Waldo Road (from the bridge to the corporation limit)

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