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Salem plans $1.2 million summer street paving project

Salem street crew workers Tony Maniscalco, left, and Mike Logan patch a pothole at West Pershing and Sharp streets Thursday afternoon. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

SALEM — The city is planning a street paving project this summer with an estimated $1.2 million cost, hitting a large number of streets and alleys that need attention.

“Everyone living on these streets will benefit from the paving,” Mayor John Berlin said.

The cost will be covered by the additional .25 percent income tax approved again by voters in 2019 for another five years. He said it’s “quite exciting” to continue with more paving thanks to the voters.

The engineer’s estimate was $1,215,047, but the final cost will depend on how bids come in. Howells & Baird of Salem was selected as the engineer for the project through the Requests for Qualifications process.

Streets on the proposed 2021 summer paving list include: Carbon, from South Lincoln west to end; Filbert, from East Pershing to East Wilson; Ash, from West Wilson south to end; Park Drive East, from State to Pershing; Park Drive West, from State to Pershing; West Seventh Street, from North Ellsworth to Jennings; East Sixth Street, from North Ellsworth to North Lincoln; Fair Avenue, from East Pershing to Ridgewood; Oak, from Park Avenue to Fair Avenue; Barclay, from Maple south to end; Jefferson Avenue, from Oak to Southeast Boulevard; East Eleventh, from Western Reserve to Scarboro; Tanglewood, from Southeast Boulevard east to end; West Wilson, from railroad tracks west to corporation line; Deming, from South Avenue to Cedar Street; Stewart Avenue, from West Third to West Sixth; West Third, from Jennings to Stewart; North Broadway, from East Sixth to East Seventh; Rea Drive, from Powell Avenue to Jennings; and Western Reserve, from Painter Road to Pearce Circle.

Proposed alleys on the list include: between Ridgewood and Mound, from South Union to Barclay; between East Eighth and East Ninth, from North Ellsworth to North Howard; south of West Wilson, from Sharp Avenue to Ash Avenue; north of East Sixth Street, from North Lincoln to Vine; and beside 820 E. Fourth, from East Fourth to East Fifth.

Also this summer, Berlin said the city will do a separate project using Community Development Block Grant money provided by the Columbiana County Commissioners. The commissioners granted the city $100,000, with the city contributing $100,195 from the capital fund, for a total estimated cost of $200,195, depending on the bids.

Streets for that project include: East Pershing Street, from South Lincoln to Ohio Avenue (in front of Sebo Stadium); South Howard/Newgarden from West State Street to the railroad tracks; Columbia, from South Lundy to Penn; and Walnut, from South Lundy to Penn.

The city street department kept busy last summer working to preserve the paving done in recent years by crack sealing 51 streets using 4,200 pounds of material.

In his recent State of the City address, Berlin noted the city only had to buy 76 tons of hot and cold patch to repair potholes, which was a reduction of 204 tons over the previous two years.

Last year the street department also repaired or replaced 38 catch basins, reset 14 manhole covers, removed 45 curb lawn trees and stumps, installed 210 feet of drainage, repaired 60 feet of curbing and completed yearly maintenance of all service, police and fire department vehicles.

The street department personnel also took responsibility for moving the flag pole and veterans’ monument from State and Lincoln to the front of city hall.

The electrical and traffic and safety division also kept busy, repainting 9 miles of yellow center line and 10 to 12 miles of combined white lines including crosswalks, stop bars, directional turn arrows and parking stalls.

Electrical projects included LED lighting and washer and dryer wiring and venting at the fire department, new security cameras at Centennial Park, new Utility Department generator and transfer switch at the Stewart Road water tower, a new traffic control cabinet at State and Cunningham due to a lightning strike, two traffic signal battery backups and hanging the city’s various commemorative flags and decorations, including the lights on the Christmas tree in front of city hall.

City Service/Safety Director Joe Cappuzzello said those employees in the street department and electrical, traffic and safety division are a dedicated bunch. They care about the city and take the condition of the streets and their areas of responsibility personally.

“It’s not just a job. It’s a career for them. They plan on being here a long time and they take pride and ownership,” he said.

They end up working all hours of the day or night in all types of weather when necessary, even giving up time with their families on Christmas and Christmas Eve this past year to clear away the snow so citizens could safely travel.

He said he continues to be impressed by them and how quickly they resolve any issues that come up. The street department includes eight full-time employees. Electrical has a full-time city electrician and a new full-time helper for traffic and safety.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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