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Miamisburg drivers to see fewer streets, miles of road fixed this year

Old Central Avenue from Heincke Road to Gebhart Church Road is one of eight streets in Miamisburg set to be part of the city’s asphalt paving program this year. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Old Central Avenue from Heincke Road to Gebhart Church Road is one of eight streets in Miamisburg set to be part of the city’s asphalt paving program this year. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Fewer streets in Miamisburg — and miles of road — will be repaved this year as higher asphalt costs and a “significant” storm drainage project are limiting the city’s road repairs.

In 2020, meanwhile, Miamisburg will get state funding for a nearly $2 million road reconstruction project it has sought for years, according to the city.

This year the city plans to pave eight streets and three parking areas this summer, down from 20 streets and four alleys in 2018, when it spent nearly $27,000 less for the program, city records show.

The city recently approved the awarding of a contract to Barrett Paving Materials, which bested John R. Jurgensen’s bid of $853,990 by $42,000. Last year Barrett won the work with a submission of $684,000.

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Factors in the differences between the road repair agenda from 2019 to last year are product costs and $150,000 in repairs needed for storm drainage work, said Miamisburg Engineer Bob Stanley. That work will be done on Chautauqua Road and Old Central Avenue.

“The main difference in the contractors’ bids (was) the additional storm drainage construction item….,” Stanley told Miamisburg City Council. “Bid unit prices for the assault tonnage was nearly $80, which was much higher than our current estimate from favorable bid numbers of the previous years.”

Last year, 3.6 road miles were paved while plans for 2019 call for 2.6 miles, according to the city.

In 2016, the city repaved a record 30-plus roads from a bid of $756,850, records show. This year’s Barrett contract is capped at $811,800, with $661,800 slotted for paving, according to Stanley.

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Since 2015, the city’s annual paving programs have averaged about $720,000.

In some years, the city has been able to add streets without exceeding budgeted funds. However, Stanley said that is unlikely for 2019.

“I think the game plan this year would be not to add any unless something is really dire,” he said.

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Meanwhile, a road project the city has been seeking state funds for at least five years has been approved, according to the city.

The $1.9 million reconstruction of part of South Gebhart Church Road is set for next year, city records show.

The project that includes traffic between Belvo Road and Jessi Lane has been accepted as part of the Ohio Public Works Commission Issue 2 program, city records show.

Planned improvements include roadway reconstruction, widening, installation of sidewalk, curb and gutter, and storm drainage upgrades.

City records show engineering design for the work will take place this year.

That section of road is about a half mile. There will also be replacement of nearly 1,800 feet of eight-inch water main and associated services along this section, according to the city.

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The following is a list of streets the city is set to repave this year.

•Chautauqua Road: From Farmington Road to the Great Miami River.

•Early Drive: Entire street.

•First Street: From Sycamore Street to Main Street.

•Gamewell Drive: From King Richard Parkway to Royal Ridge Drive.

•Helmet Place: From Gamewell Drive to cul-de-sac.

•Main Street: From Mound Avenue alley to Hoover Avenue.

•Old Central Avenue: From Heincke Road to Gebhardt Church Road.

SOURCE: City of Miamisburg.