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Liberty Township gives nod to repaving costs

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About five miles of Liberty Township roadways will be resurfaced this summer.

At a May 8 meeting, the Liberty Township board of trustees voted 3-0 to approve a contract with the Delaware County Engineer's Office to pay $44,557.90 to repave local roads.

Township Administrator Dave Anderson said the price of the roadwork came in higher than expected. Officials briefly considered delaying planned improvements for Rutherford Road but ultimately went ahead with the full lineup of repairs.

"(Rutherford Road) is $8,000 that we'll be able to handle," Anderson said. "We really want to keep our paving project list moving forward."

Streets will be reduced to single-lane roadways while the work is completed throughout the summer.

Township roads are repaved each year on an as-needed basis.

Roads that will receive work in 2013 are:

* 1.98 miles of Rutherford Road, from Liberty Road to state Route 257.

* 0.83 miles of Stratford Road, from state Route 237 to Aberdeen Avenue.

* 0.22 miles of North Hampton Road, from Sawmill Road to Sawmill Parkway.

* 0.75 miles of Churchill Road, from Jewett Road to Loch Lomond Road.

* 0.62 miles of Highland Drive, from Jewett Road to the end of the cul de sac.

* All of Highland View Court.

* All of Malabar Court.

Also at the May 8 meeting, trustees discussed the possibility of installing electronic radar signs along Fairway Drive and Wellington Boulevard in the Wedgewood subdivision.

Trustees received a letter from Wedgewood Homeowners Association Trustee Joseph Karr, who said speeding has become a problem along the residential roads.

The homeowners association pays the Delaware County Sheriff's office for 40 hours of special speed patrol along the routes each month.

Regardless, Karr said the problem steadily has grown worse, with 283 speeding stops over the past 28 months. The average speed of those stopped was 44.5 mph, nearly doubling the 25 mph limit.

"There has been a significant increase in cut-through traffic to avoid the increasing traffic congestion at Powell Road and Sawmill Parkway," Karr wrote in the letter. "The fairway route allows traffic to miss five traffic lights along Sawmill Parkway."

The solar-powered radar signs would be mounted on wooden posts and include an electronic screen that displays the current speed of each passing car.

All costs would be covered by the Wedgewood Homeowners Association, Karr said.

The trustees agreed to vote on the matter at an upcoming meeting once the details are worked out.

"This would be completely consistent with what we've recently done with another HOA," Anderson said.

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