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Crews begin 'mill and fill' repairs along West Toledo's residential streets

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    Employees with Toledo Streets, Bridges, and Harbor repair pavement on Strauss Ave south of Central Ave. on Monday.

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    Employees with Toledo Streets, Bridges, and Harbor repair pavement on Strauss Ave south of Central Ave. on Monday.

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    Employees with Toledo Streets, Bridges, and Harbor repair pavement on Strauss Ave south of Central Ave. on Monday.

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A city crew started out Monday in West Toledo on what the Kapszukiewicz administration expects to be 25 miles of “mill and fill” repairs to residential streets citywide.

Using pavement-grinding and paving machines the city bought in 2015, the crew from the city division of streets, bridges, and harbor is slated to tackle portions of 68 Toledo streets during the course of the year.

Nearly all of them are short stretches of minor residential streets, although a list released yesterday includes two sections of Ottawa Drive and pieces of McGregor Lane and Franklin Avenue that could be considered collectors.

The crew began its work Monday on Strauss Avenue between Central Avenue and Lape Kala Way — a neighborhood street in the Westgate area — and is scheduled to a parallel block of Emmick Drive next.

Ignazio Messina, a city spokesman, said the repair sections will be done curb-to-curb, rather than just patching the worst pavement. The city has budgeted $700,000 for “mill and fill” street work, which supplements more extensive street reconstruction and resurfacing done by contractors — and often at least partially funded with state or federal grants.

This year’s program starts in city council District 5 in Toledo’s northwest corner and progresses through other districts, with projects scheduled near each other where possible to simplify mobilization. The final streets scheduled for attention are also in District 5: Bellevue Road between Monroe and Ledyard Avenue, and Kershaw Avenue between Bellevue and Ledyard.

During the equipment’s first season, the city also used the “mill and fill” crew to patch particularly rough sections of the pothole-ridden Anthony Wayne Trail.

While bids are now out for a city contract to resurface the Trail between Glendale and South avenues, the section from Glendale to the Maumee city line is not slated for any extensive repair until a reconstruction project scheduled for 2022.

Mr. Messina said no “mill and fill” repairs are scheduled for the Trail, “but we are evaluating what it would cost and how much needs to be done.”

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

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