Worthington News

Fewer streets in summer resurfacing

High Street repair estimate more than doubles

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An unanticipated hike in the cost of repairs to High Street means fewer residential streets will be resurfaced this summer.

High Street, north of Granville Road, will be resurfaced, as will seven residential streets, as part of the annual street improvement program, which Worthington City Council considered April 1.

The number of streets had to be reduced after the estimated cost of the High Street project more than doubled, going from $280,000 to $565,173.

When the first estimate was made, the city believed the U.S. Route 23/Interstate 270 interchange project would include resurfacing the Wilson Bridge intersection. City officials later learned that the ODOT resurfacing would extend only to a point north of the intersection.

Also, more repairs than anticipated are needed to fix the base of High Street, and the cost of asphalt has increased, according to a memo from city engineer Bill Watterson.

The High Street resurfacing plus the resurfacing of a section of Snouffer Road will be covered partly by $330,000 from the county license tax.

The additional cost must come from the funds set aside for annual street improvements in the city's capital improvements budget. The proposed street improvement budget for 2013 will be $1,243,893, which includes $678,719 for resurfacing and repairs to other streets and parking lots.

City Council will take its annual tour of city streets next week and could amend the list of streets to be improved.

Currently, streets scheduled for overlay, curbs, sidewalks and inlet repairs are Larrimer Avenue, from High Street to Guyer Street; East Clearview Avenue, from Morning Street to East Stafford Avenue; Village Woods Place; Oxford Street, from West New England Avenue to West South Street; West South Street, from High Street to Evening Street; Hartford Street, from East South Street to East Southington Avenue; and Clayton Drive.

Concrete pavement also will be replaced on McCoy Avenue, from Plymouth Street to the culvert, and on Plymouth Street, from McCoy Avenue to East New England Avenue.

Miscellaneous repairs will be made to the parking lots at the Worthington Community Center and at Huntley Bowl access road and parking lot; the bus stop pad at Evening Street School; and the walking path along Worthington-Galena Road.

Major roads throughout the city also will be striped.

Bids for the project are scheduled to be opened May 3, with construction set for June through September.

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