Pandemic hasn't posed roadblocks for Bexley street maintenance
Street-maintenance projects that were scheduled before the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic are proceeding as planned in Bexley.
The city's service department maintains a schedule to evaluate the conditions of streets and alleys and identify which ones should be prioritized to be repaved or rebuilt, with much of the work performed by outside contractors, said Andy Bashore, the department's director.
"The regular street projects and program, that has been moving along," he said. "I haven't had any real issues with that."
Bexley has a 3.5-mill streets levy that voters approved in 2018 to fund projects. According to the city's estimates, the replacement levy was intended to generate approximately $780,000 in new funding per year and would cost property owners an estimated additional $50 per $100,000 of property valuation.
Bexley's 2020 budget allots $830,873 for street-maintenance projects.
Bashore said the service department completed two repaving projects earlier this month that were funded by the city's streets levy: South Gould Road from East Broad Street to East Main Street and North Remington Road from East Broad Street to Denver Avenue.
The department plans to add pavement markings to those streets within the next month, he said.
"Those will be going in, probably early September," he said.
Projects still under way include:
* South Cassingham Road from Fair Avenue to Powell Avenue, with milling, paving and waterline work scheduled to be completed by the end of August. It is funded by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant.
* Westland Avenue, with paving and curb construction is scheduled to start in late August. It is funded by the city's streets levy.
Upcoming projects include sidewalk reconstruction, which is scheduled to begin before the end of the month, Bashore said.
"We'll do some sidewalk replacement from (damage related to) city trees," he said.
The service department will begin installing bicycle racks throughout the city in mid- to late September, a task that is based on recommendations from a group of residents who convened earlier this year to draft the Bexley Bike Plan, Bashore said.
"There are probably going to be around 50 that we install," he said. "A lot are going to be on Main (Street), but we're going to spread them out throughout the city."
For a complete list of street maintenance projects, go to bexley.org/street-projects.