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Elyria set to repair streets

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ELYRIA — The city has paid off its share of the state Route 57 reconstruction project.

Finance Director Ted Pileski said he sent the final payment earlier this month. The 10-year repayment plan cost the city roughly $460,000 annually, and the funds came from license plate fees paid by city residents.

That money now will be available in city coffers and can go toward the city’s street resurfacing efforts, which for years has lagged due to inadequate funding.

“With the Issue 6 monies, that will give us a nice bit of money for projects,” Pileski said Friday.

Pileski said the Muni Motor Vehicle Fund gets about $850,000 each year. But deductions pretty much ate up the entire six-figure sum since 2008 when Council authorized the city to tap the fund to pay the city’s share of the $20 million-plus project.

As drivers traveled Route 57 over the years, few may have known the smooth road came at the expense of Elyria’s smaller neighborhood roads.

Work to repair city roadways received a boost in 2016 when voters passed Issue 6, a 0.5-percent income tax increase. That tax measure will put nearly $7 million over five years into the street resurfacing program to address the crumbling asphalt and concrete roads that crisscross Elyria’s residential neighborhoods.

This year Issue 6 funding will pay for more than a dozen street resurfacing projects, work that will start next month.

“We do have the funds, finally, with citizens’ support to resurface our roads,” said Mayor Holly Brinda. “There are over 500 streets in our community that we are looking at, and we are incrementally getting there.”

Here is a list of the summer work to start in the coming weeks. The work should start next month and end by November.

  •  East River Street from Clark Street to East Broad Street
  •  Miami Avenue from East River Street to Sherman Street
  •  Adams Street from Bell Avenue to Warden Avenue
  •  Monroe Street
  •  Prospect Street from Baldwin Avenue to 1604 Prospect
  •  Bowling Green Circle
  •  Antioch Drive from North Abbe Road to Loyola Drive
  •  Greenway Drive
  •  Edward Avenue
  •  Middle Avenue from State Street to Oberlin-Elyria Road
  •  Bell Avenue from Clemens Avenue to Penfield Avenue
  •  West 18th Street from Douglas Avenue to West River Road South
  •  Penfield Avenue from Foster Avenue to Lowell Street
  •  Georgetown Avenue from Howard Street to Livermore Lane
  •  Roosevelt Avenue from Poplar Street to state Route 57.

Road projects funded with other sources, but that will take place this summer include:

  •  Gulf Road from the Wastewater Pollution Control Center to Vista Court; starts in July
  •  West River Road South from Infirmary Road to the southern corporation limit
  •  Chestnut Ridge Road from Dewhurst Road to Highland Park Drive; starts in September
  •  East Bridge Street; starts in August
  •  West Avenue from Third Street to Lake Avenue; starts in November
  •  Lake Avenue from West Avenue to Furnace Street; starts in November

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter LisaRobersonCT.



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