Clayton road project targets safety, could lead to new business

A road in Clayton that is considered a major through-way will get a face-lift sometime this summer with money from a federal grant.

All of Hoke Road through Clayton will be resurfaced. It will include a two-inch “mill and fill,” which removes the existing surface and replaces it with new material.

The work will improve safety and potentially help attract new business, city officials said.

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The section of road runs from Westbrook Road to National Road, but the area in front of Caterpillar will not be resurfaced.

Hoke Road is considered an important thoroughfare to the city, according to Director of Development Jack Kuntz.

The road runs in front of the main entrance to the Miami Valley Career Technology Center and gives access to Northmont High School and the middle school. It is the access road from Interstate 70.

The main areas to watch out for during the project will be between Westbrook Road and Career Avenue and between the Walmart on Hoke Road to National Road.

The project will cost about $290,000, and the grant covers two-thirds of that amount, or about $190,000. The city is responsible for the remainder.

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This project is part of the Surface Transportation Program, and the grant is from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. The grant was applied for in 2017 and was awarded last year.

“This project will greatly assist in making this road safer and more aesthetically appealing to our entire community, and we believe will also assist in attracting additional retail and commercial use along Hoke Road and the Village of North Clayton,” Kuntz said.

City council awarded the contract to John R Jurgensen, a business out of Franklin. The project does not have a start date yet due to Hoke Road being heavily traveled by Northmont Schools buses.

Weather will be a factor as well. The city hopes the work will start this summer.

“Resurfacing Hoke Road also assists in Clayton’s continued effort in improving the overall condition of all our existing public infrastructure and compliments the just completed three-year residential resurfacing project that saw the majority of all neighborhood residential streets resurfaced and existing curb and gutters replaced in Clayton,” Kuntz said.

Visit the city's website, Facebook page or contact Kuntz at 937-836-3500 for updates on the resurfacing project of Hoke Road.

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