Construction season is in full swing and there are plenty of orange barrels lining local roadways. Local municipalities, the county and state have many ongoing projects working to make a smoother ride ahead for motorists.
Road resurfacing resumed in Coventry Township this year following the township not having the funding for any upgrades a year ago. Voters approved a road levy in November, which is helping fund the resurfacing.
Road Superintendent Lael Stouffer said the township plans to resurface seven miles of road, which amounts to 46 streets. He said many of the roads being done this summer haven’t been resurfaced in more than 10 years.
"The only reason we are able to do this is because of the road levy," Stouffer said.
All the roads are receiving a double application of chip and seal. He reminds residents that after the application is applied, there are loose stones on the road. He said crews will come back and sweep those after the oil has set.
"We try to sweep them as soon as possible, just not too soon," Stouffer said.
Stouffer said his crew has been out leveling the roads and preparing them for the chip and seal.
"We identify any areas of the road that are bad and level it up with asphalt," Stouffer said.
He is hopeful with the passage of the road levy, the township will be able to resurface all 55 miles of road within the next five years.
"My hope is in five years to not be behind," Stouffer said. "It is not going to happen right away."
In addition, Stouffer hopes to develop a better plan for the order the roads are resurfaced moving forward. Winter months can create a wild card with how much a road can deteriorate.
"A bad winter can change our plans," Stouffer said. "Then we have to change our course of action."
The city of Green is paving several streets in-house and contracting work on few more. In-house, the city brought in a contractor to mill 2.12 miles of roads and then city crews will resurface them. It contracted milling and resurfacing 1.77 miles to Superior Paving & Materials for $687,000.
Being resurfaced this year is Mayfair Road from Heckman Road to Raber Road, King Drive east of Shriver, and the two interior lanes of Massillon Road between Town Park Boulevard and Graybill Road. There are also several residential streets the city will improve.
This year’s paving contract is smaller as the city is constructing two roundabouts in the city. Officials are planning for some strip patching to be done on Mayfair Road, Cherry Lane, state Route 619 east of Fortuna Drive, Massillon Road south of Greensburg Road, Main Street south of Nimisila Road and in various places along Christmas Road.
In New Franklin, 25 roads throughout the city received a chip and seal application. These 25 roads account for a total of 116,269 square yards.
New Franklin Service Director Bryan Kepler said the total cost of the chip and seal was approximately $270,000. The city also is stripping nine roads at a cost of $20,000.
Lake Township is paving a little less compared to last year as it is paving 14.85 miles compared to 16.3 miles in 2017. Total cost for the work this year in the township is approximately $1.1 million.
In addition to local communities, Summit County is spending $3.6 million on its roads, which is an increase over previous years.
"We’ve been steadily increasing the amount of funds that go into our capital program and reducing our operating expenses," Summit County Government Affairs Liaison Heidi Swindell said.
In 2009, the county spent $724,000 on road resurfacing and the pavement condition index across county roads was 60. By 2014, the county spent nearly $2.5 million and the pavement condition index has increased to 65.
Swindell said by increasing funding for road maintenance it will help increase the pavement condition ratings for the county.