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City to begin road repairs this week

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New Albany is expected to begin scheduled maintenance work on several streets this month.

"We should be done in late October or the first of November," said Brian Strayer, the city's maintenance superintendent.

Strayer said crews are expected to begin curb and ramp repairs this month. Repaving and crack sealing is expected to begin in September.

The contractor is the Shelly Co.

"We were able to get out to bid earlier in the year and get the bids awarded earlier, so the projects should be completed by the end of the year," Strayer said.

The roads that will be repaved are: Ackerly Farm Road; Alban Mews; Albery Loop Road; Aspinwall North, South and Middle roads; Baughman Grant; Brandon Road; Fenway Road; Greensward Road; Leverett Park Road; North and South Goodrich squares; Olmsted Road; Wiveliscombe; and Yantis Drive.

Strayer said Evans Road was removed from the list because city officials are considering ways to reconfigure the road.

He said it makes sense to delay repaving until other changes are finalized so the road is not repaired and torn up again.

The city will use crack sealant on the following roads: Belworth Square; Britts Bend; Cunningham Drive; Dean Farm Road; Farley Court; Forrest Drive; Gilg Street; Grate Park Drive and Grate Park Square; Hawksmoor Drive; Kensington Court; Kindler Drive; Marwithe Court; Marwithe Place; Maynard Place and Maynard Place East; Prestwould Close; Rosewell Lane; Smith's Mill Loop Road; Souder Road; Southfield Road; Stone Gate Drive; Talanth Place; Westbury; and Wiveliscombe.

Dublin-Granville Road and New Albany Road East also were slated for repairs, but were removed from the list.

Strayer said Dublin-Granville Road would receive a treatment called microsurfacing, which extends the life of the road. The microsurfacing treatment has been separated from the roadwork project and could be bid separately, he said.

New Albany Road East was removed pending design changes.

City officials plan to spend $969,000 on road-maintenance projects this year.

The city spent $1.4 million in 2012 on road repairs.

City officials evaluate and rate each road's condition before determining which will be repaved.

Mark Nemec, New Albany's director of public services, told City Council in May he chooses roads that are in poor condition.

He said he also includes adjacent roads in the project list so workers can focus on sections of the city instead of being too spread out.

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