Summer street program paving the way

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The city is ramping up its street resurfacing program this summer, with the work expected to take place within the next couple of months.

“We do it every year,” City Engineer Amy Havenar said. “The streets just need it.”

The city was able to give more funds to street resurfacing this year due to being in between bigger street-related projects.

“That gives us the opportunity to focus on resurfacing,” Havenar said. “We’ve been planning for resurfacing for years.”

Last year’s program funded approximately $300,000 worth of street resurfacing. The work for the 2017 street resurfacing program will be completed by Walls Bros. Asphalt Co., Inc., whose bid for the project came in at approximately $361,722. The Piqua City Commission approved budgeting $400,000, which includes a 10 percent contingency fund.

“Lately, we have been trying to follow Vectren,” Havenar said when asked how the city decides which streets to include in the annual resurfacing program. Havenar explained that they follow behind Vectren as the company replaces its gas mains and service lines. The city also considers traffic volumes as well as any serious winter damage.

Havenar added that they try to stay in the same area with the streets that they choose to have resurfaced, as it costs more to have the paving company move from place to place across the city.

The streets in this year’s paving program include:

• North Street from Washington Avenue to Franklin Street

• Boone Street from Washington Avenue to Broadway

• Fisher Drive

• Madison Avenue from Park Avenue to Robinson Avenue

• Robinson Avenue from Madison Avenue to Nicklin Avenue

• Lincoln Street from Park Avenue to Lindsay Street

• Virginia Street from Park Avenue to Elm Street

This work is in addition to what the Piqua Public Works Department will be doing in-house as well as the Covington Avenue resurfacing project that will be taking place this year.

The city partnered with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the Covington Avenue resurfacing project. Since Covington Avenue is part of U.S. Route 36, the city was able to obtain federal funding for the project. The cost of the project is approximately $536,412, of which 25 percent will be funded through local funds.

Covington Avenue will not be closed during the project, but drivers should expect delays. There will be at least one lane open, which will mean that there will be flaggers out directing traffic at times.

“It cannot be completely closed because it’s a U.S. route, but there will be delays,” Havenar said.

The Covington Avenue resurfacing project will take place from College Street to Sunset Avenue. That project, like the street resurfacing program, is expected to take place around the end of July and early August.

“We’re still getting the benefit of about $900,000 worth of paving just in these two projects alone,” Havenar said.

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336