County using state grant money to resurface roads

Cary Ashby • Jun 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM

The Huron County highway department will do almost $1.72 million in road resurfacing work this summer.

“These are our bigger contract projects,” county engineer Lee Tansey said.

The county also will do another $1 million in bridge and culvert projects. Look for a story in the future.

“A certain amount of that comes from grant money,” Tansey said. “We pursue every grant possible; that’s what makes a lot of these projects possible. It reduces our local share. We can take that money and use it elsewhere.”

Resurfacing on Hasbrock, Ridge and New State roads began May 28. Kokosing Construction, out of Westerville, was awarded the $703,000 contract.

“In cooperation with the city of Norwalk, a portion of Norwood Avenue will also be included from the overpass to Shady Lane Drive. The project was made possible by a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC),” Tansey said. 

Paving tentatively was scheduled to start Monday while work on the berm, guardrail and paint markings will be Tuesday through June 14. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times, except for a one-day road closure for a guardrail installation on Ridge Road between New State and Hasbrock roads.

Cleveland Road resurfacing, between Old State Road and the U.S. 20 bypass, will be a joint project with Norwalk. Kokosing Construction has been awarded the $283,000 contract for the project, which also includes an OPWC grant.

Tansey estimated the project should take two weeks and start in late summer.

Also happening in late summer will be a $370,000 resurfacing project of Peru Olena and New State roads by Erie Blacktop in Sandusky. This will go from Ridge to New State roads and then north on New State to Hasbrock Road.

“The project was made possible by a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission,” Tansey said.

“This is the second phase of a multi-year paving project to update New State Road from the city of Norwalk south to the county line,” the engineer added. “In 2020, two additional projects will be released. The first one will resurface New State from Peru Olena Road to the village of North Fairfield, in conjunction with a bridge deck replacement in 2019.” 

Tansey said his office “has worked with the village of North Fairfield to secure a grant to resurface (roads) throughout the village.”

“In the following years, we will work north to south to complete the corridor, much like what has been done on Old State Road.”

Also later this summer will be the Zenobia Road resurfacing project, which will span from Fitchville River to Chenango roads. Melway Paving from Holmes County has been awarded the $360,000 contract.

“They do a lot of work up here,” Tansey said.

Other projects this year include various in-house repairs, partial paving and the chip-seal program.

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