Canal Winchester is ready to spend the most it ever has on repairing and upgrading streets, sidewalks and bike paths throughout the city.

City Council unanimously approved an $889,709 contract with Columbus Asphalt Paving during its March 2 meeting after receiving bids from four companies.

"We've had a couple years when we spent more than $700,000 and approached $800,000, but this is just under $900,000," said Bill Sims, construction services administrator.

The other companies submitting bids included Strawser Paving Inc. ($901,814), Decker Construction Co. ($988,960) and Shelly & Sands Inc. ($992,668).

Typically, the work includes resurfacing, asphalt pavement crack-filling and sidewalk repairs and begins in early April, Sims said.

According to the city's website, repairs will be done in the following areas:

* West Waterloo Street: The road from Chesterville Drive west to Walmart's east entrance will be milled and resurfaced. Crews also will install new thermoplastic striping. Pedestrian crossings will be added at Chesterville Drive and Pfeiffer Drive.

* Ashbrook Village: Asphalt pavement milling and resurfacing are planned for Williamson Lane from Ashbrook Drive south to Ashbrook Village Drive and Saylor Street and Hilliard Drive. Sidewalk ramps will be improved as necessary.

* Villages at Westchester: Asphalt pavement milling and resurfacing are planned for Hemmingford Drive. Sidewalk ramps will be improved as necessary.

Work also will include adding two dozen parking spaces to the city pool parking lot and extending a bike path from West Waterloo Street at Chesterville Drive along the south side of Tussing ditch to the newly constructed extension of Biggerton Bend.

The city's sidewalk program also affords residents the opportunity to opt in to the cost-sharing program, which replaces deteriorating and uneven sidewalks in designated areas of town.

This spring's work area will focus on Winchester Village's Chesterville Drive, Chesterville Court and Sarwil Drive; from Chesterville Court to Pfeiffer Drive; and Windward Court.

"We look for sidewalks that are safety issues," Sims said. "Residents participate in the cost."

Under Ohio law, it is the responsibility of the abutting property owner to maintain adjacent sidewalks. However, the city's program will pay up to half of the "reasonable and customary costs" of sidewalk repairs.

In addition to the city's street repairs, a two-mile stretch of Gender Road from U.S. Route 33 south to the corporation limit will be resurfaced through the Ohio Department of Transportation's Urban Paving Program, which provides 80% funding for eligible projects.

The city's portion of the more than $1 million project is estimated at $361,066. However, final costs will be based on actual bids, city public-service director Matt Peoples has said.

Gender Road last was resurfaced through the ODOT program in 2010.

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