City officials and crews from a Columbus paving company were at work this week resurfacing Lytham Road.

The city of Upper Arlington and its Engineering Division launched an approximately $4.6 million street reconstruction program this year that in total will deal with 13 local roadways.

As part of the two-phase program, crews from Strawser Paving began work April 23 to strip the pavement on Lytham Road from Fenwick Road to Bickley Place, and began to lay fresh asphalt on May 21.

The project is running concurrently with work on five other streets. According to City Engineer Jackie Thiel, the other street reconstructions underway include:

* Anson Street from Coverdale Drive to Hillview Drive.

* Bickley Place from Anson Street to Johnston Road.

* Donna Drive from Fairlington Drive to Center Drive.

* Reed Road from McCoy Road to Lane Road.

* Stonehaven Drive from Stonhaven Place to Chevy Chase Avenue.

"Paving started May 21 and should be completed by May 25," Thiel said. "Final grass restoration will follow.

"Each of these streets will be receiving new curb and gutter, new driveway aprons and new asphalt pavement."

Thiel said the six streets are being rebuilt because their curbs and pavement have reached the end of their useful lives and were scheduled for replacement as part of the city's annual capital-improvement program.

The same goes for the seven other roads that will be reconstructed this year as part of the CIP. They are:

* Abington Road from Mountview Road to Redding Road.

* Ashland Avenue from the city corporation line to Stanford Road.

* Brandon Road from Northam Road to Ridgeview Road.

* Coventry Road from Cambridge Boulevard to Waltham Road.

* Fairfax Road from Inchcliff Road to Zollinger Road.

* Tewksbury Road from Oxford Road to Arlington Avenue.

* Westwood Avenue from Tremont Road to Stanford Road.

The city's allocation for the 2018 street reconstruction projects represents a slight uptick from 2017, when it spent $3.6 million for the program.

Funding for all the projects comes from Upper Arlington's capital improvements budget, funded by income tax revenue, including that from the November 2014 passage of Issue 23.

That measure raised Upper Arlington's income tax from 2 percent to 2.5 percent and generated approximately $3.5 million in new, annual revenue that city leaders promised would be used to enhance local infrastructure.

Thiel said in March that by the end of the year, more than $55 million will have been invested in streets, water lines, bridges, sanitary sewer lines, streetlights and traffic signals since the passage of Issue 23.

The Lytham Road work includes the installation of a sidewalk, in keeping with an Upper Arlington City Council policy to add new sidewalks on "collectors and arterial streets" in conjunction with street reconstruction projects.

"The roadways are open to residents living within the construction areas only," Thiel said. "During certain phases of the work, access to the roadway was closed to everyone to allow the new roadway to cure."

The street reconstructions involve "full-depth reclamation," which Thiel called "a sustainable construction practice, to stabilize the base of roads we are reconstructing."

"Full-depth reclamation rebuilds worn-out asphalt pavements by recycling the existing roadway," she said. "The old asphalt and base materials are pulverized, mixed with cement and water, and compacted to produce a strong, durable base for either an asphalt or concrete surface."

That strategy also saves money and natural resources, according to Thiel and city inspector Dale Williams.

"It's going pretty nice," Williams said of this year's program. "Actually, this process saves money. We grind off the blacktop and recycle it and mix all that. We don't put any base down. We use the existing materials and lay it down."

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