A significant portion of a brick-street rehabilitation project is complete in German Village.

A significant portion of a brick-street rehabilitation project is complete in German Village.

The latest roadway construction effort involves replacement and, when necessary, repair of bricks on portions of five streets and alleys, although a small segment remains.

The brick-repair portion of the work, originally estimated to cost $567,440, includes 10 different phases supported by city of Columbus' Urban Infrastructure Recovery Funds. Roughly $500,000 has been set aside for the design of South Third Street road and intersection improvements.

Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society, said the work, which started last year, is much appreciated.

"We love the opportunity the UIRF provided to fix brick streets because those are, sometimes, hard dollars to come by," she said.

Some residents might notice a few imperfections, such as the streets being uneven, Todorov said. It is not perfect "but a 100-year old brick street is not going to be," she said.

A committee of volunteers hit the streets two years ago, mapping which streets were in most need of repair.

The first phase of construction included repairs to East Beck Street between Mohawk and Lathrop streets, South Pearl Street from East Livingston Avenue to Sycamore Street, Mohawk between East Whittier Street and Reinhard Avenue and Macon Alley between East Sycamore Street and East Beck.

Work on South Pearl from East Whittier to Stewart Avenue and Frankfort Street from Mohawk to Jaeger Street were added later by the German Village Society and will not go to construction until 2019.

"Of course, street conditions are not stagnant, so we will need to do further, fresh assessments of every single untouched street once we have new UIRF money to direct toward it," Todorov said.

Susan DeLay, urban infrastructure manager for Columbus, said brick replacement is more expensive than resurfacing but less costly than the complete reconstruction of roadways, which requires digging into the underlying support system.

"I'm pretty happy with it," DeLay said of the project. "I think as far as how good a brick street can be, if you're not reconstructing it, it's a lot better than it was."

She called it "money well spent."

"No. 1, it's historic and in a historic neighborhood," she said of the bricks. "No. 2, it does slow down traffic, so it is a sort of traffic-calming surface."

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