Those charged with carrying out Canal Winchester's summer street maintenance program have mapped out a number of areas for improvements in the coming months where residents can expect to see resurfacing and preventive maintenance.

EMH&T of Columbus has been contracted to do the work, which could begin in mid-April and continue for 90 days, according to city Construction Services Administrator Bill Sims.

"Compared to the last four years, this is a little larger project than average," he said. "Our five-year average has been $595,000. This year's estimated cost is $659,000."

The city's plan includes work in the following areas:

* North High Street from Route U.S. 33 south to the railroad tracks will be milled and resurfaced, with new thermoplastic striping on the roadway.

* Ashbrook Village: Milling and resurfacing is scheduled for Embers Lane, Walnut Drive, Jenkins Drive, Murdock Lane, Murdock Court, Creek Court, Heffley Court, Bruns Court, Atwell Court,Ashlar Court, Saylor Court, Clay Court, east and west; and Brick Court. Sidewalk ramps also will receive upgrades if necessary.

* Villages at Winchester: Buckner Street from the court to the end cul-de-sac will receive pavement repairs and resurfacing.

* The asphalt multiuse path along Dietz Drive and along Thrush Drive will be repaired and resurfaced.

* Towing Path parking lot: The new public parking lot at Washington Street and Groveport Road will be completed.

The work also includes crack-filling on various streets and spot repairs to curbs and pavements through the city.

Residents can opt in to a cost-sharing program to replace deteriorating and uneven sidewalks in designated areas.

This year, Sims said, the work area will be predominately along Washington Street, south of Columbus Street, and in the Washington Knolls neighborhood.

He said traffic will be maintained while the work continues in the designated areas, with some limited access interruptions while the work is being done.

The contractor will post notices of expected interruptions, according to Sims.

The city regularly assesses street conditions and prioritizes work based on need, Sims said.

"We use a pavement-condition rating system to evaluate pavement distress," he said. "This is the initial basis for the comparison of our roadways.

"We also consider the age of the roadway, the level of use and the immediacy of the need. We generally set up our program to include a well-balanced mix of maintenance actions."

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