Funding to aid in paving projects

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 1, 2013

Two county road projects will get outside funding to pave and install safety edges in Elizabeth, Aid and Lawrence townships.

Targeted are County Road 5, also known as Elkins Creek or Oak Ridge Road, and County Road 29 or Vesuvius Paddle Creek. Total cost of the projects is $1,225,000 with 80 percent of that coming through the County Surface Transportation Program administered through the County Engineers Association of Ohio.

“They are part of the federal aid highway system based on their classification in the federal highway system,” County Engineer Doug Cade said. “There are roughly 20 roads of the 105 that are eligible for federal funding.”

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Besides the resurfacing safety edges will be installed on the berms of the roads.

“That allows the car to get back on the road,” Cade said. “When you run off the edge, sometimes you overcorrect. This has a tapered edge (that aids in returning to the roadway.)”

Tentative date for the project’s start is summer of 2018.

“As soon as we get plans completed, we may be able to move that up,” Cade said. “That is our goal once we get the plans and the specifications. County Road 1 and 4 weren’t on schedule until 2017.”

Because plans were ready, however, that date was moved up to 2013 and 2014 with County Road 4 finished last week and County Road 1 to start in April.

The remainder of the funds for County Roads 29 and 5 will come from the Motor Vehicle Gas Tax and license fees.

“We are pleased we got funded again,” Cade said.