Most of Talmadge Road will be resurfaced this summer, as part of a $1 million Village road works project. According to Village Administrator Marc Thompson, the asphalt surface of Talmadge between Indian Road and West Bancroft Street will be ground off, until crews reach the underlying concrete.
The concrete layer and the underlying base will be repaired and replaced as needed, before the new asphalt surface is laid down.
"This will go more quickly than a complete reconstruction," Thompson said. "There will be no new curbs or driveway aprons. This is just between the curbs."
The last time Talmadge was re-surfaced was around 2001.
"We usually get a 15- to 20-year life cycle out of pavement," Thompson said. "We had two really tough winters a few years ago, and that accelerated the project."
The project also includes the complete reconstruction of Bonnie Brook Road, between Talmadge and Brittany Road. Bonnie Brook east of Talmadge was done last year.
Unlike the Talmadge portion of the project, Bonnie Brook will be completely removed, including curbs, driveway aprons, and all of the layers of pavement. Work on Bonnie Brook will start sometime in May, after crews have stabilized the northern edge of the street, a portion of which has been slipping down the slope into the flood plain.
According to Thompson, crews will spend about a month installing more than two dozen columns 35 feet into the ground, to a layer of bedrock, to stabilize the slope before replacing the road. The stabilization work will start this month.
The contractor for the project is B&J Concrete and Construction, of Toledo. The company has done a number of projects in the Village.
"With all of these projects, there is a degree of inconvenience," Thompson said. "We like working with this contractor because they understand our expectations, and work to keep the inconvenience to our citizens to a minimum."
The Village received a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission for 10 percent of the project, or just over $100,000. It is less than the 24 percent match the Village received last year for the project that saw the complete reconstruction of Bonnie Brook east of Talmadge, plus Dundas, Innisbrook, Bonnie Brae, and the portion of Bancroft between Evergreen and Talmadge.
Last years project garnered more state support because of the heavy traffic volume on Bancroft.