Canal Winchester will spend more than $639,000 to repave several streets and repair or replace broken and hazardous sidewalks.

City Council awarded the contract for the work on March 6 meeting to Columbus Asphalt Paving. Bill Sims, the city's construction services administrator, said the amount is higher than the $550,000 the city usually spends on its annual paving program.

"We tailor the work to fit the budget," he said. "But we also set our budget based on the amount of work that needs to get accomplished."

Work is expected to begin in mid-April and continue until the Fourth of July. Contractors will determine the order in which streets will be repaved.

They include:

* North High Street from Waterloo Street north to the railroad tracks.

* Waterloo Street from High Street to Washington Street.

* Winchester Trace subdivision's East Hocking and Kramer streets, Jennings and Cheney Mill drives, Kramer and Jennings courts and Prentiss Place.

* Ashbrook subdivision's Bruns, Heffley, Burgstresser and Creek courts.

* Oregon and Lithopolis roads.

* Pedestrian crossing enhancements at the intersection of Washington and West Waterloo streets.

This year's sidewalk repairs will be focused in Winchester Trace and East and West Waterloo streets, Sims said. Work also will be completed on a 1930s-era water main on West Waterlo, from High Street to Washington Street, and culvert repairs on Oregon Road.

Although street closures and detours might be necessary, much of the work will be completed with the help of flaggers directing traffic through construction areas, he said.

Like other municipalities, Canal Winchester uses a pavement-condition rating system to evaluate the need for work.

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

They include resurfacing, crack filling, slurry slip and chip-and-seal rejuvenation of roadways.

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