Canal Winchester drivers who have been rattled by potholes and uneven pavement will soon have smoother travels.

City Council has given the green light for this year's program to repair and resurface streets, which is scheduled to begin in mid-April. Depending on the project, the work can include repaving, asphalt pavement crack-filling, surface rejuvenation and sidewalk repairs, Construction Services Administrator Bill Sims said.

"We're going to be doing a lot of road resurfacing," he said. "In general, our concentration is primarily going to be in Ashbrook Village with regard to residential streets. The main road we will be working on this year is primarily East Waterloo Street."

Council awarded Columbus Asphalt Paving Inc. a $653,569 contract to complete the work within 90 days from its start.

Other contractors that provided bids included Strawser Paving ($729,198), Decker Construction Co. ($748,411) and Shelly and Sands Inc. ($759,524).

"Columbus Asphalt Paving has done a couple of projects for us in the past," city public-works director Matt Peoples told council during its March 4 meeting. "Their last one was the (street program) in 2017. ... There was a big difference with their bid (compared to the others) and with pavement repair."

Paving work is scheduled in:

* Ashbrook Village: Williamson Lane north of the main entrance, Crist Court and Hilliard Court.

* Villages at Westchester: Braeswick Court, Eddleston Court and Stretton Place.

Resurfacing work also will be done on Prentiss School Drive between Canal Street and Winchester Boulevard; Canal Street west of Gender Road; and East Waterloo Street from High Street to the city limits, Sims said.

Sidewalk repairs will be completed on Sarwil Drive and Old Meadows Court.

Deciding what roads will be worked on is based on condition, he said. The city uses a pavement-condition rating system to help evaluate which streets get attention and when.

"This is the initial basis for the comparison of our roadways," Sims said. "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."

Those actions include a mixture of resurfacing, full-depth repairs, partial-depth repairs, crack filling, slurry seal, chip and seal and rejuvenation to help deliver an efficient and cost-effective program, he said.

Some issues, such as potholes, broken curbs and large cracks need to be corrected to keep a roadway safe, he said. However, the city also performs preventive maintenance to protect the pavement from deterioration.

Sims does not expect any road closures while the work is completed. However, he said, drivers might be inconvenienced by delays or one-lane access.

Information about the street program is available on the city's website, www.canalwinchesterohio.gov.

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