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Perkins targeting bad roads

Andy Ouriel • Apr 15, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Perkins officials devised a road map to finally begin fixing many bumpy, cracked and deteriorated corridors crisscrossing through the township.

“We are in the process of doing an evaluation of all 47 miles of Perkins roads and streets,” said Al Jackson, the township’s highway superintendent.

The assessment’s limited to roads overseen by township trustees. This would exclude, for instance, U.S. 250 or Ohio 4.

Both township officials and professionals from Columbus-based Strawser Construction, which specializes in road maintenance, paired up to evaluate the roads.    The company’s providing this service at no cost to township taxpayers.

Strawser benefits by gaining insider knowledge of understanding exactly what work must occur on a specific street whenever township officials place a particular project out for bid, Jackson said. The company then could submit the best, and often times the lowest, bid for trustees to accept.

“It’s crucial to get another set of eyes on the road and get an estimate of the number of roads in bad shape and also how much it would cost to repair or replace them,” trustee Tim Coleman said.

Evaluators plan to factor in both a road’s condition and how much traffic treks across a given roadway. Using this criteria, they’ll then rank and prioritize all roads and determine which streets deserve attention and money.

The list should be finalized in about a month.

But even after officials unveil the list, it’s no guarantee any roads undergo a transformation.

Budget problems underscore recent paving problems in Perkins. A lack of funds forced trustees to forgo paving or reconstructing any roads in 2012 and 2013.

Trustees, however, budgeted to pave Strub Road between Campbell Street to Old Railroad Road, scheduled to begin and end later this year. It’s unlikely any other roads will receive improvements in 2014.

Officials kept relatively quiet when asked which roads might be worthy of ranking atop the list. They did say streets in the Columbus Park subdivision, Woodlawn Avenue and Didion Drive definitely deserve money.

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