Street projects over the next six years may cost the Village more than $5.1 million, according to Village officials. At the Village council's Streets and Bridges committee meeting May 26, Village Administrator Marc Thompson discussed nine projects currently on the calendar through 2022.
This summer all of Manchester Drive will be completely rebuilt, at a cost of $597,000. This will include removing the entire roadway and installing all new curbs and driveway approaches. Sidewalks will be repaired as needed, to address "trip hazards," according to Thompson. The Manchester project will start June 5, after school is out, and is scheduled to be completed before school starts back up in the fall.
As part of the project, a number of older silver maple trees were cut down in May. The trees had to be removed because they had encroached upon the curb or their root systems would have been damaged too severely during the road construction project. The maples had also caused portions of the sidewalk and some driveway approaches to heave over the years. This damage will be corrected as part of the project.
"We always try to keep tree removal to a minimum," Thompson told the committee.
Another project this summer is the repaving of Central Avenue. This is a state project, and is being done at no cost to the Village.
In 2018, the Village will spend $877,000 to repave a portion of Bancroft Street west of the E.H. Close bridge. The project also includes the complete reconstruction of Orchard Road between Bancroft and Secor Road, and all of Park Road.
Also in 2018 the Village will repave Talmadge Road between Indian Road and Central. That project will cost $100,000. Brookside Road, between Talmadge and Bancroft, is also on the list of street projects. The road will be repaved at a minimum, according to Thompson.
"We are still exploring all of the alternatives, but I suspect it will be more than that," he said, indicating crews may have to rebuild portions of the roadway depending on the conditions they find.
Because of the size of the project, Brookside will be split into two halves, with one phase being from Talmadge to Evergreen Road, and the other from Evergreen to Bancroft. The estimated cost is $1 million for each phase. One phase will be done in 2019, the other in 2020.
Streets in the western portion of the Village are also in the mix, with a $857,000 project to rebuild Inlands and Olde Brookside scheduled for 2021, and a $701,000 project to rebuild Forestvale and Woodhill planned for 2022. According to Thompson, Forestvale and Woodhill are the original surfaces from when the subdivision was built in the 1980s.
Thompson said the Village is spending between $800,000 and $1 million a year on road projects. This is in contrast to the 3.9 mill roads levy approved by voters in November 2014. The levy generates around $595,000 annually, and was intended to help fill part of the gap created by the elimination of the Estate Tax. The Estate Tax typically added $750,000 a year to the Village coffers. The state legislature eliminated the Estate Tax in 2013.