Road improvements planned in Urbancrest

By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

Several streets in the village of Urbancrest are slated to receive aesthetic improvements.

At its meeting last month, the council unanimously approved a resolution which allows the village to enter into a shared cost agreement with the Franklin County Engineer’s Office to resurface two well-traveled roadways.

According to Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr., the county will contribute approximately $235,000 and the village will contribute roughly $47,000 toward the resurfacing project for Second Avenue and Third Avenue. He said it has been several years since these streets have seen any surface improvements and they are showing their “wear and tear.”

“There are several uneven areas on the roadways and this new resurfacing project will make them nice and smooth for our vehicles,” he said.

Barnes said he expects the road improvements will take place this summer with the project lasting several days, if not weeks. The county engineer will also resurface several village-owned parking lots during this phase. Road closures are not expected throughout the duration of the project to resurface Second and Third Avenues.

“The county will be doing the work during normal business hours so we do not expect to see any real headaches, just maybe some minor traffic restrictions.”

The funding opportunity comes from the county’s small government infrastructure improvement fund. Those dollars will also be utilized to cover two additional roadway projects in the village this summer: the striping of village owned parking lots and the crack sealing of several roadways including Augustus Drive, John A. Cooley Drive, Fourth Avenue, and Main Street. The county will contribute approximately $40,000 and the village will contribute roughly $8,000 for those projects.

Barnes said the county and the village have plans to either repave or resurface the “tree streets” during the next phase of roadway improvements. The tree streets include Olive, Maple, Vine and Walnut.

The county and the village entered into an agreement to resurface First Avenue, Central Avenue and Lincoln Road last year. The $209,000 project was also a shared cost project that utilized the county’s small government infrastructure improvement fund.

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