Township tries to secure funds for road projects

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By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

The Ohio Public Works Commission will soon announce which municipalities will receive full to partial funding to make infrastructure upgrades through its capital improvement program and the local transportation improvement program. Among the hundreds of government entities who are hoping to hear good news regarding their road repair request is Jackson Township.

At its meeting in late October, Township Administrator Shane Farnsworth told the board of trustees that the application to repair two of its most well-traveled, and well-worn, roads had officially been submitted for review.

He said he feels confident that the township will receive partial funding – if not full funding – to make needed repairs to Brown and Dyer roads.

“I believe that we have a real chance to get some amount of dollars due to the scope of the project,” said Farnsworth. “It is a relatively small project, about $350,000 in the grand scheme of things, and I do not believe it would take an excessively long time to complete.”

He said the township and the county did a preliminary scoring account of the project and found it to be “right on the edge” to meet the parameters of project approval.

“Although I do feel good about it, there is always that chance that other projects will score and fare just a bit better,” he said. “But again, I believe we have a good project here so we’ll just keep our fingers crossed and hope to hear good news (from the state) within the next two months.”

According to the application request, the township is seeking a full resurfacing of Brown Road and Dyer Road, along with improvements at the intersection. Farnsworth said stormwater repairs were also requested within the application because the area tends to flood during heavy rain events.

“Much of the stormwater infrastructure on Brown and Dyer has been crushed from all the dump trucks and other heavy-load vehicles that travel through,” he said. “So what we have now are areas where the water just lays there without draining and it really affects the neighborhood homes.”

He said infrastructure improvements would allow that run-off to drain in a more timely manner.

“The repairs would allow it to function as it should,” he said.

Improvements to Brown and Dyer Road have been on the township’s need-to-repair list for many years, said Farnsworth, but he added the condition of the roads have been further damaged due to the surrounding roadway repairs.

“We all wanted repairs to be done to Frank Road and State Route 104, but a lot of those detours caused a lot of traffic to be diverted to these roads because they were a convenient cut-through,” said Farnsworth. “These roads, which are very narrow and occasionally curvy, were not built for that amount of traffic.”

He said he hopes with the major thoroughfares now being open, traffic will start to recede from Brown and Dyer so the condition of the roadway does not deteriorate further.

“That is the ultimate goal of this project – to repair and stabilize this area,” he stated.

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