2012-03-24 / News

Trustees set summer road work plan

By Scott Rawdon

UNION TOWNSHIP – Union Township Trustees have created their summer road repair schedule.

Trustee President John Slater said a cost estimate is being developed, and then the township will advertise for bids for the work.

“We’ll get (the road work) on the schedule as quickly as possible,” he said. Unless bids significantly exceed estimates, the work will include the following:

Crack seal: Auld Ridge Way, Canyon Villa Drive, Caroline Drive, Mallard Point, O’Neill Drive, Reserve, and the entire Water’s Edge subdivision.

Chip Seal: Brywood Circle, Canyon Court, Eulah Drive, and Hallie Lane.

Berms: Canyon Road, Dew Mar Drive, Eulah Drive, Ithaca Road, and O’Neill Drive.

The road surface on the Grandview Crossing bridge will be repaired. More concrete repairs will be done on Squire Lane and O’Neill Drive will be striped.

Slater said the township is repairing damage to some culverts caused by last week’s torrential rain that caused flash floods in the Hebron area. “Several culverts have washouts,” he said, “but there are no total washouts.”

Slater said the intersection of Canyon and Beaver Run roads was heavily damaged as the raging water washed soil from under the roadway, creating a sinkhole.

“It’s a cavity underneath the pavement,” he said. “It’s not going to be the easiest repair.” Slater said the repair is actually Licking County’s responsibility to fix, but the township will do whatever it can to help the county complete the repair as quickly as possible.

Slater said trustees thought about installing a guardrail on northern Canyon Road, close to its intersection with James Road. “We’re investigating the cost,” he said, which Slater believes may be prohibitive. “It’s not just the cost of the rail; there are also maintenance costs involved.” He said the township may simply install reflectors to warn motorists of a steep drop off near the road.

In other township news:

• Slater said the township will pay $2 per ton to store unused road salt through the summer. Previously, Trustee Rick Black said the unseasonably warm winter has left the township with 400 tons of extra salt. He said that every year the township contracts for 800 tons of salt based on average usage. “It has not been a normal winter,” he said, adding that the township is still obligated for half of its yearly allocation. Black said previously he was concerned the township may have to construct its own storage facility if the salt company wouldn’t agree to store it.

• Slater said trustees are planning an open house for the relatively new Union Township Complex, most likely during a Sunday afternoon in June, although the exact date is yet to be decided. He said the event would likely feature a local high school or 4-H band, a tour of the facility and its grounds, and refreshments. One of the goals, said Slater, is for as many people as possible to see the facility’s potential as a meeting or conference space for local events and organizations.

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