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2021 Roads Program Update

10/27/2021

 

 

Dear Residents,

I want to take a moment and provide an update on our 2021 resurfacing programs.

First, is our asphalt program.

Asphalt Roads (Chestnut, Glenella, Tanglewood, Elmhurst, Summitview and Hillside/Broadview Lot)

  1. The project is scheduled to be completed by Friday (11/12) as of the revised and approved schedule. 
  2. Currently the contractor is doing curb replacements and manhole/valve adjustments from last week into this week and the next.
  3. The final surface course will be placed soon thereafter, as well as any pavement striping and sealing the edges of the asphalt.

Next is our asphalt overlay of concrete program.

Concrete Roads (E. Hillsdale, E. Clearview, E. Decker, Karen, Jasmine, S. Main Hill and Seven Hills Blvd)

  1. The project is scheduled to be completed by Friday (11/19) as of the revised and approved schedule.
  2. Currently the contractor is doing curb replacements and manhole/valve adjustments from the last few weeks into this week and the next.
  3. The final surface course will be placed soon thereafter, as well as any pavement striping and sealing the edges of the asphalt.

Each contractor (both programs) was originally given 90 days to complete the work.  Based on the changes and conditions encountered, we have added about 2-3 weeks to each contractor’s original approved schedule.  The asphalt projects were not a simple “mill and fill”.  They involved asphalt planning (removing some asphalt), followed by asphalt recycling (grind up and relay the existing material in place and recompacted) which requires a minimum 7 days to cure before it can be proofrolled (tested by driving a weighted dump truck over the pavement to watch for pavement yield and mark those areas for repairs), placement of the intermediate asphalt course, then curb replacement, manhole adjustments and catch basin rebuilds, followed by the final placement of the surface course.  On Chestnut, we had the concrete gutter issue to deal with from all of the failures occurring and that required coordination between the contractor, QCI (City inspector), City Engineer and Cuyahoga County for a solution and concurrence.  That required the contractor to plane additional concrete material from the gutter so that we could pave the road from face of curb to face of curb.

All in all, when we have a contractor perform the work, it does appear at times like nothing is being done.  While this appearance may be troublesome to the public, rest assured that the contractor is performing per the contract documents.  They have multiple roads to complete at a time, and they cannot just do “everything” for one road and then come back and do “everything” for another road.  It is not economical and the work performed is done in the manner it is to be of an economic benefit to the City.  All municipalities that perform multiple roadways as part of a package have this same type of work schedule.

Both contractors are ODOT Qualified contractors, so we don’t have sub-par contractors working out on the streets.  It seems some of the comments are focused on one street not getting done (Chestnut) but they need to realize that there are multiple streets as part of the contract.  Refer to the above paragraph for my response.  Also, there are labor shortages all across the country that affect every aspect of all work.  Many local projects in neighboring cities (both locally run and County/ODOT run projects) are feeling the results of weather delays, labor shortages, material shortages that are causing delays.  When unforeseen conditions are encountered, the schedule gets adjusted for these changes.  Unfortunately, these changes affected Glenella, Tanglewood, Chestnut and E. Decker that add time to the schedule.  The work forces are concentrated on those streets to get the extra curb work and apron work completed so that the next phase of work (final surface course) can be placed.

The City appreciates everybody’s patience through this year’s road program.  In these unprecedented times, we are working as diligently as we can to make sure we get these projects completed in a timely manner.

Respectively,

MARK A. SCHMITZER, PE

City Engineer - City of Seven Hills