ODOT paving work to begin April 28

SALEM – Motorists can expect some minor delays on state Routes 9, 14 and 344 going through Salem when an Ohio Department of Transportation paving project begins April 28.

City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst announced that 2.75 miles of roadway will be paved, affecting sections of Newgarden Avenue, South Ellsworth Avenue, West State Street, North Lincoln Avenue, South Lincoln Avenue and East State Street.

ODOT is doing the project in conjunction with the city in an 80/20 split for the total cost of $719,676, with ODOT paying $493,680 and the city paying $225,996. The city had already budgeted its share of the cost in the capital improvement fund last year, with the city having to pay 100 percent of the cost for curb ramps. Shelly Company of Twinsburg is the contractor for the job.

As for the summer streets program, Kenst said he and street supervisor Jim Phillis planned to drive around the city to check the various streets and submit a possible list to Howells & Baird, which does engineering for the city. The firm will estimate the costs for the streets in question, then based on what’s determined to be available in the capital improvement fund, the city will prioritize what streets can be resurfaced.

Kenst wasn’t sure how much money would be available for the summer streets program.

Next year, motorists traveling through the city will be affected by the ODOT redecking project on the Cranmer bridge overpass on West State Street, which will have to be closed, with trucks and traffic rerouted. More about possible detours will be known next year.

Tires/appliance drop-offs

In other business, Kenst announced the city will host a tire collection event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 in the municipal lot on East Pershing Street and South Lundy Avenue.

On May 16 and 17, the city and Perry Township will team up for a drop-off event funded through CCH Environmental, formerly known as the Carroll Columbiana Harrison Solid Waste District. The district, which also maintains the recycling containers in the various communities, will provide two 40-yard dumpsters for residents to fill from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

The only cost to the city and Perry Township will be labor to man the drop-off event in the municipal lot off of East Pershing Street and South Lundy Avenue.

Large items, such as large appliances, furniture and scrap metal, will be accepted, but Kenst said no electronics will be accepted. That means televisions and computers and other electronics will be prohibited.