Westerville will spend more than $2.5 million to improve city streets this year.

Westerville will spend more than $2.5 million to improve city streets this year.

City council approved a contract with Strawser Paving Co. at its March 20 meeting for the 2012 street rehabilitation program.

Strawser submitted the lowest of four bids for the annual program, said city engineer Susan Banbury. The bid was about $100,000 more than the city's estimate for the project.

The 2012 street rehabilitation program will provide for the sealing or resurfacing of the city's roads. The 2012 project list primarily includes residential side streets and bike paths, including the path under the new Main Street bridge.

The rehabilitation program is funded through the city's capital-improvement budget and is part of a commitment by the city to improving and maintaining infrastructure. As part of its fiscal policy, the city dedicates between 20 and 25 percent of its income-tax revenue to capital-improvement projects.

A list of this year's road improvement projects is available on the city's website, www.westerville.org.

Dates for the projects will be added once the city finalizes details with the contractor, Banbury said.