JACKSON TWP.  Plenty of orange barrels will line the streets in Jackson Township this summer as 21 miles of road are expected to be resurfaced.

Jackson Township Public Works Director Ralph Boger said the contract each year is about the same and the actual miles depends a on how the bid pricing comes in.

Northstar Asphalt came in with the lowest and best bid at $1,403,488, with $1.3 million of that for resurfacing and the remainder for curbing replacement for the streets.

"The township also has a special bidding contract each year for curbing replacement for future years resurfacing or really bad conditions," Boger said.

The curbing that is contracted each year is to repair existing curbing on streets being resurfaced and not for new curbing Boger said. All of the curbing work is expected to be completed by the end of August with resurfacing completed by the beginning of September.

ODOT

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans $48.8 million in construction projects in Stark County this year. Of the work, $42.5 million of the projects are already underway with another $6.3 million set to begin soon.

One of the projects already underway is the construction of the Hoover Trail West in North Canton and Jackson Township. The pedestrian/bicycle trail will begin at the Hall of Fame bridge on Dressler Road and continue along West Maple Street to Cleveland Avenue and then to the North Canton YMCA.

Another ongoing project is the resurfacing of state Routes 21 and 236 in Perry, Lawrence and Jackson townships. Plans call for state Route 21 to be resurfaced between the northern Massillon corporation limit to just east of state Route 93. State Route 236 will be resurfaced from the northern Massillon Corporation limit to Portage Street.

ODOT is also planning microsurfacing of Interstate 77 between Navarre Road to just north of 12th Street; Route 687 (Fulton Drive) between state Route 241 (Wales Road) and Whipple Avenue; and between Everhard Road between Interstate 77 and Fulton Drive.