New Albany is planning to repair and resurface Third Street with state-of-the-art "green" technology, but the final product should resemble brick streets of another era.

New Albany is planning to repair and resurface Third Street with state-of-the-art "green" technology, but the final product should resemble brick streets of another era.

"We have money earmarked for significant repairs on Third Street," said village administrator Joseph Stefanov. "We want to do a pilot project that applies 'green' technology."

Village council on July 20 approved resolutions to authorize the village to bid the project and award contracts for the work, as well as purchase the brick pavers that will be used to reconstruct Third Street.

"We plan to advertise the project in August, with construction starting the first of September," said Bill Dorman, engineering manager for the village service department. "Our goal is to be done by Thanksgiving."

Travis Eifert of EMH&T, the local engineering firm that prepared a design for the new street, said the firm explored several methods for repairing the street. It presented to council the "green" method of using brick pavers to create a pervious surface.

The street will be considered a pervious surface, Eifert said, by allowing water to filter through the pavers and a bed of gravel and stone to a perforated drain. A stormwater drain at the end of the street would return some of the filtered water to Rose Run.

Mayor Nancy Ferguson asked if water would be cleaned and cooled by running through the pavers and the rocks below before it is released into Rose Run. Eifert confirmed that it would.

EMH&T estimates the cost to install the pavers is $415,851. The estimated cost of traditional pavement is $407,455. Eifert said the brick pavers incur a higher excavation cost, but regular pavement requires more storm and erosion control.

Franco Manno of EMH&T said Third Street has a tight right of way, but by working with the New Albany United Methodist Church, he said the street could be widened to 22 feet and lined with trees and sidewalks.

In addition to the church building, two houses and the driveway of a Main Street home are located on Third Street, which runs 600 feet between U.S. Route 62 and Dublin-Granville Road.

Eifert said the "green" street surface would be better for stormwater runoff and suited for Ohio winters, when the freezing and thawing of roads can cause cracking of the road surface. He said another benefit is the use of less road salt because, as the street warms, the melting snow would flow through the brick pavers.

Councilman Glyde Marsh asked if brick pavers are more slippery when wet and if the road could handle the weight of a truck.

Eifert said some trucks would be permitted on the road because the pavers are two to three times stronger that concrete. The brick pavers also discourage the buildup of water on the road surface, he said.

Marsh also asked how long the brick pavers have been used. Eifert said other parts of the world have had the pavers in place for up to 30 years. The EMH&T representatives said they expect the street surface to last longer than if it were paved.

Eifert described the brick pavers as aesthetically pleasing and said the streetscape would benefit from the removal of three American Electric Power poles, four AT&T poles and three guy wires, which were included in the cost estimate for the project.