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Published: Saturday, 3/12/2005

Toledo's repaving list targets the worst

BY DAVID PATCH
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Many Toledo streets that Blade readers nominated in response to a mid-February query about rough pavement are on a list that city officials unveiled yesterday, two weeks after Mayor Jack Ford announced plans to boost this year's street-repair budget by borrowing $8 million.

Among 27 1/2 miles of streets to be resurfaced this year with the extra money are pothole-plagued stretches of Glendale Avenue, Airport Highway, Cherry Street, Jefferson Avenue, Bancroft Street, Collingwood Boulevard, Detroit Avenue, and Navarre Avenue.

Parts of another 37.4 miles will be "reconditioned," meaning that partial repairs will be made. Those projects will range from 0.14 miles of Berdan Avenue near I-75 and 0.15 miles of Sherwood Avenue east of Detroit to more than a mile each of Front Street, Tremainsville Road, and Nebraska Avenue.

"These are mostly high traffic streets that did not have federal or state funding in the pipeline," Bill Franklin, the city's assistant chief operating officer, said yesterday. "We did look at the citizen surveys, and they did confirm a lot of what we knew."

City officials already had planned, or even started, rebuilding parts of Byrne Road, Dorr Street, and Monroe Street that drew multiple complaints when The Blade asked its readers three weeks ago to name Toledo's worst streets.

Overall, more than 98 miles of Toledo streets will be either repaved or repaired, more than triple the city's recent norm.

"It's going to be a very ambitious summer," said Bob Stevenson, the city's public utilities director.

Thirty-five miles of curbless streets will receive seal coatings, while cracks will be sealed on 30 lane-miles of streets, officials said. Some of the latter work began last week with crack sealing on the Anthony Wayne Trail.

The "reconditioning" program is a new tactic that city officials have adopted to stem the decay of pavement that is starting to show its age or, in the case of Front Street, needs a bandage beyond pothole patching to carry it through until future reconstruction occurs.

Front is scheduled for a $3.4 million overhaul in fiscal 2009, once construction traffic for the Marina District project and truck detours associated with the new I-280 Maumee River bridge are gone.

After the interim repairs, to be made this spring, "there'll be cracks still there, but it'll ride better," Mr. Franklin said. Putting down "real nice pavement" this spring just to have it pounded by heavy trucks while I-280 is closed in North Toledo this summer and fall would be a waste, he said.

Work on Front Street will start the earliest, Mr. Franklin said, so that it can be finished by late May. Other contracts should be awarded by late spring, with work starting on many streets in June.

The city will borrow the $8 million for the street work against 10 years of its future allocations from the state motor fuels tax.

Contact David Patch at: dpatch@theblade.com or 419-724-6094.

The following Toledo streets have been scheduled for full-width resurfacing during 2005, including projects that began in 2004, but not including projects that end in 2006:

• Airport Highway, Byrne to South; Alexis Road, area of I-75 bridges; Applegate Drive, Moffat to Cherry Hill; Asbury Drive, Dryden to Sylvania; Bancroft Street, Auburn to Glenwood; Bellevue Road, Westbrook to Castlewood; Belmont Avenue, Hawley to Division; Beverly Drive, Copland to Brookford; Bobolink Lane, near Willowhill; Brinton Drive, Lewis to Vermaas; Burton Avenue, Hillcrest to Berdan; Byrne Road, Airport to Glendale; Canal Avenue, Western to Garland; Caroline Avenue, Sylvania to Dryden; Champion Street, Western to South; Cheltenham Road, Monroe to Ilger and Bancroft to Brantford; Clay Street, Stickney to Brigham; Collingwood Boulevard, Nebraska to Erie; Delmond Avenue, Oakdale to Deshler; Detroit Avenue, Glanzman to Schneider; Dorr Street, Westwood to Washington;

Eastbrook Drive, Stannard to west of Seckinger; Earl Street, Oak to East Broadway; Edgemont Road, Ottawa River to Lisa; Edgewater Drive, 129th to 136th; Elm Street, Manhattan to George; Erie Street, Walnut to Buckeye; Franklin Avenue, Hudson to Park; Freeman Street, Upton to Rosedale; Garland Avenue, Canal to Field; Garrison Road, Berdan to Sylvania; Glendale Avenue, Anthony Wayne Trail to Detroit and 300 feet east of Luscombe to Norfolk Southern railroad crossing; Grelyn Drive, Valleybrook to Macklyn; Hardwood Court, Rolland to cul-de-sac; Heatherdowns Boulevard, Byrne to Schneider; Holland-Sylvania Road, Airport to 1200 feet north of Airport; Huron Street, Orange to Monroe; Island Avenue, Sherwood to Westmeyer; Ivy Place, Woodmont to Douglas; Jackman Road, I-475 ramp to Sylvania; Jefferson Avenue, Collingwood to Summit; Kent Street, Sherman to Page; Lafayette Street, St. Clair to Huron; Lambert Drive, Woodmont to Douglas; Laskey Road, Oak Ridge to Talmadge; Logan Street, Broadway to Erie; Lynn Park Drive, Maclyn to Cranston; Macklyn Drive, Valleybrook to Grelyn; Marion Street, Boalt to Canal; Marlaine Drive, Talmadge to Brunswick; Marthal Road, Valleston to dead end; Mayfair Boulevard, Lewis to Bennett; Mayville Place, Page to Sherman; Meadow Rue, Eastgate to Glenfi eld; Middlesex Road, Central to Carskaddon; Midland Avenue, Deep Wood to River;

Miller Street, Buckingham to Nevada; Monroe Street, Sylvania to Crary and I-75 to Collingwood; Mulberry Street, Central to Streicher; Navarre Avenue, Woodville to city limit;

Nebraska Avenue, Collingwood to I-75; Newton Street, Broadway to Erie; Northgate Parkway, Lewis to Bennett; Oak Street, Oakdale to Glencoe; Oakdale Avenue, Oak to CSX railroad crossing; Ottawa Trail Road, Ottawa River to Lisa; Page Street, Franklin to Cherry; Palmetto Avenue, Ayers to Auburn; Pinecroft Drive, Chatfi eld to dead end; Pool Street, Oakdale to city limit; South Ravine Parkway, East Broadway to Dearborn; Roanoke Road, Grantwood to Sylvania; Rolland Court, Wallingford to cul-desac; Rosemary Street, Stengel to

dead end; Rubuls Drive, Sky View to Detroit; Rugby Drive, Detroit to

Glanzman; Santa Maria Drive, Cass to dead end; Sherman Street, Kent to Cherry; South Avenue, Detroit to Champion; Southaire Drive, entire length; Spielbusch Avenue, Cherry to Jackson; Stickney Avenue, Bricker to Central and Bronson to Paxton; Suder Avenue, Ottawa River to Shoreland; Summit Street, Washington to Lagrange and bridge over Ottawa River; Superior Street, Washington to St. Clair; Sylvania Avenue, 100 feet west of Upton to Jackman;

Torrance Drive, Hillcrest to Berdan; Thornridge Drive, Santa Maria

to dead end; Utica Street, Elm to Lagrange; Vallejo Drive, entire length; Vermaas Avenue, Dryden to Sylvania; Vermont Avenue, Bancroft to Page; Wesleyan Drive, Detroit to Stamford; Western Avenue, Anthony Wayne Trail to 300 feet west of AWT; Willowhill Lane, Bobolink to Bancroft; Willys Parkway, Hillcrest to Berdan; Woodley Road, I-475 to Sylvania; 11th Street, Washington to Jackson; 17th Street, Washington to Monroe; 117th Street, Summit to

304th; 124th Streeet, Ottawa River to Summit; 125th Street, 305th to 306th; 129th Street, 308th to Edgewater; 304th Street, 117th to 124th; 306th Street, 125th to 128th, and 308th Street, 128th to 129th.

The following streets have been scheduled for reconditioning,

meaning repairs short of resurfacing the entire listed sections will be made:

• Alexis Road, Talmadge to Harvest; Berdan Avenue, at I-75; Broadway, at South and Stebbins to Glendale; Cass Road, Glendale to Heatherdowns; Cherry Street, Bancroft to Delaware; Collingwood Boulevard, Monroe to Berdan; Detroit Avenue, Gramercy to Alexis; Douglas Road, Gracewood to Laskey and Sylvania to Lambert; Eastgate Road, Airport to Glendale; Front, Main to Dearborn; Manhattan Boulevard, Summit to Terrace; Nebraska, Norfolk Southern railroad to Westwood; Oak Street, Glencoe to city limit; Ottawa River, 124th to Suder; Reynolds Road, at Airport and at Glendale; Secor Road, Sylvania and I-475 and McGregor to Corydon; Sherwood, immediately east of Detroit; South, I-75 to Broadway and Anthony Wayne Trail to Daniels; Suder, Manhattan to 500 feet south of Ottawa River; Telegraph Road, Alexis to state line, and Tremainsville Road, Laskey to Sylvania.

Construction will begin on these streets in 2005, but not be completed until 2006:

• Byrne Road, Glendale to South Detroit and Airport to Dorr; Main Street, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bridge to Front; Monroe Street, Detroit to I-75; Sylvania Avenue, Talmadge to Whiteford.



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