City records show since 2011, the city has spent nearly $6 million to resurface about 71 miles in different parts of the city. The streets are rated for condition and prioritized accordingly. Merriman said Colorado Drive is high on that list, but to repave it from Upper to Lower Bellbrook roads would cost an estimated $1.1 million.
“They are raising legitimate frustrations,” Merriman said of residents’ complaints about the conditions of the streets. “We do have some roadways that are in some pretty rough states of disrepair that we need to find a way to fix.”
Merriman estimates it’s a $30 million problem, and the city doesn’t have nearly enough revenue to adequately address it.
“The situation is complex because it’s not just about putting a new course of asphalt down,” he said. “In many cases we want to make sure the water and sewer are updated underneath so that we don’t want to dig up for a broken water main roadways that were just repaved.”
In addition, Merriman said you also need to make sure the curbing is in good shape and repair stormwater catch basins for any street resurfacing project.
“There are a number of layers of concerns that we need to deal with and juggle in conjunction with the issue of which roadways can be repaved,” Merriman said. “At the end of the day, this really boils down to a resource issue. With the nature and scope of the problem that we have related to road conditions, we have insufficient resources today to make a major investment that would see wide-scale repaving.”
City Council is expected to discuss options for funding streets. Merriman said those options include borrowing money or asking voters to pass a new tax dedicated to street maintenance.