Worthington News

Fewer repairs this summer

Street budget cut to $600K


The annual job of patching and repaving Worthington streets will get started in about two weeks, but don't expect to see as many orange barrels and cones as in recent summers.

Six major street projects, several smaller paving jobs and a long list of patching projects are scheduled. That is considerably fewer than in recent years, as Worthington City Council chose to trim money from the annual streets program as one way to make up for the more than $1 million that is needed to replace the roof at the Worthington Community Center this year.

Usually, the cost of the streets program is about $900,000.

The program was trimmed to an estimated $600,000 this year, and bids came in under budget.

Columbus Asphalt Paving was awarded the contract for $542,899.

Four major overlay and paving projects are to be completed, and the concrete will be torn up and replaced on Greenwich Street and McCoy Avenue, from the bridge to South Street. That is one of the few concrete streets in Worthington. It was requested by residents when it was constructed in the 1970s, according to Bill Watterson, director of services and engineering.

Two years ago, the bridge over Rush Run gave way and had to be replaced. Last year, the city replaced the street to New England Avenue.

This year, the concrete will be torn up and replaced to South Street, at a cost of $67,800.

Other pavement jobs scheduled are Greenglade Avenue, from Rieber Street to the cul-de-sac; Stafford Avenue East, from High Street to Morning Street; Crandall Drive, from Worthington-Galena Road to Ridgedale Drive; Lakeview Plaza Boulevard, from Sancus Boulevard to the cul-de-sac; Betsy Place, from Highland Avenue to the cul-de-sac; South Street West, from Pinney Drive to Olentangy Boulevard; Olentangy Boulevard, from South Street to the corporation line; Beechview Drive North; Hutchinson Street; and Stuart Lane, from Beechview Drive to the cul-de-sac.

Because of the harsh winter, more streets need to be patched than in most years, Watterson said.

Scheduled for patching are spots on Hayhurst Street, Haymore Avenue North, McCord Park, Mid Drive, Foster Avenue, Indianola Avenue, Kenbrook Drive, Old Wilson Bridge Road, New England Avenue, Selby Boulevard South, East South Street, Alrojo Street, West Granville Road, High Street, Huntley Road, West Wilson Bridge Road and Worthington-Galena Road.

The work is scheduled to be completed by October.