Lisbon plans to tackle rough roads shortly

LISBON – North Beaver Street and Race Road, along with Jerome and Lee streets, are among the problem areas that will be tackled soon by the village street department.

Street foreman Jim Oliver told the council finance committee this week planning is under way to spot resurface some streets and completely resurface sections of others, depending on the costs.

Those streets have been particularly hard hit this winter, as has state Route 154 east of the downtown. The street department has been using the Durapatcher machine to fill potholes on Route 154 and other areas of town, such as North Market Street and Pritchard Avenue, Oliver said.

Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner said the village has already contracted with R & R Paving for $4,900 to grind down and resurface all of Jerome Street. The bad sections of North Beaver Street will be saw-cut and resurfaced by the street department.

As part of the effort to address the widespread pothole problem, council authorized Oliver to lease for one month a milling machine and a Bobcat to pull it from Leppo Equipment of Youngstown for $3,975. The machine would be used to grind down the streets in preparation for being resurfaced.

Lee Street and Race Road will be among the streets resurfaced using the rented milling machine, but Oliver believes they will be able to do much more during the month they have the equipment. “It can save a lot of time,” he said.

Oliver expects to rent the milling machine hopefully by mid-April, if the weather has turned warm and dry for good by then. He said they will repair as many streets as possible during that period.

Oliver also reported the leaf machine will be back in service next week. The machine broke down last fall and winter arrived earlier before it could be repaired, delaying leaf clean up.