Repair efforts on Taylor and Magyar streets are underway and expected to be complete before the Lorain County Fair in August, according to public works superintendent Bob Brasee.
“The A.J. Riley Company of Norwalk has been chosen to handle the project,” said Brasee at a village council meeting June 6. “They were our first bidder. After speaking with the other two bidders that we had, I am very comfortable with this choice.”
The cost of repairing the two streets is approximately $64,800. At a June 6 meeting, village council approved a $15,000 appropriation to supplement the $50,000 already in Brasee’s repair budget.
“Taylor was part of the underpass project and right now we’re not doing a total replacement,” said Brasee. “We’re patching it with asphalt instead of slurry sealing it. On a heavy traffic street, slurry sealing doesn’t hold up very well. Similarly with Magyar, slurrying wasn’t holding up for the long term. We’re going to grind it down a couple of inches to create better drainage and then cover it with new asphalt.”
While slurrying presents a cheaper and quicker option for street repairs, it can also be likened to putting a plastic bandage on a deep gash. In the long run, slurrying can become more expensive than an asphalt repair due to frequent reseals being needed, Brasee said.
“They were both slated for slurry sealing this year, but I decided that it’s not really paying off. It’s more money for asphalt but not that much more. I’m hoping we get 10 years out of this project. With slurry sealing, it wasn’t even lasting through one winter. Slurry is a very thin coat that’s barely a quarter-inch thick. It works well on less traveled streets.”
Union Street is also slated for repairs this summer but will be handled in-house by Brasee and the village.
“Given that Taylor and Magyar are being done by another company, we should be able to have Union done by the time school starts in August,” he said. “We’re ready to go and just waiting for A.J. Riley. These streets were haul roads during the overpass project and that led to them getting in bad shape very quickly.”
Brasee presented a list of streets to village council to be considered for future repairs. It includes Adams, West, Courtland, Pleasant, Jones, McKinley, and Dixon.
Adams Street is expected to be started in 2017 while the rest of the projects will be dated and prioritized soon.
“Years ago we rerouted the sewer for the town. It used to go down Adams and no longer does. That will be another project handled by an outside company. They’ll replace the water and sewer lines. The storm sewer is still good,” Brasee said.
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Sections of Magyar Street have already been blocked for the beginning of a repair project.