LIMA — Traffic to Motel 6, Bob Evans, Panera Bread and other businesses along Roschman Avenue will soon get a lot smoother, according to the Allen County Engineer’s Office.
Allen County Commissioners approved a contract with Lima-based Degen Excavating Co. Inc. for over $192,000 to reconstruct 725 feet of the roadway. The road gives access to many businesses between Sam’s Club and Harding Highway. The eight-week project is the responsibility of Perry Township, with the Allen County Engineer’s Office overseeing the contract bidding process.
“A lot of times, the townships will ask us to step in with our engineering and inspection departments to do a significantly larger project, where they just don’t have the manpower to do that,” Roadway Engineer Dave Louth said. “So that’s what we’re doing on Roschman Avenue. It was originally designed as a private road and didn’t meet our current county specifications, but it’s lasted for several years.”
Currently, the road consists of concrete sitting on a thin layer of stone and dirt, with the surface showing severe signs of deterioration.
“We are completely removing all the concrete and the concrete curb and gutters and we’ll be doing a full-depth reconstruction on the project, with an asphalt buildup on that as well,” Louth said.
Reconstruction efforts will be delicate, according to Louth, with the work likely to take place in stages to mitigate any lack of access to businesses on that road.
“Luckily, we do have Motel Avenue coming around behind, so it will have to be done in phases and sections,” he said. “Quite possibly, some of it could be done overnight, depending on how things work out with schedules.”
The bulk of the cost for the project will be covered by Ohio Public Works Commission Issue 1 funds, with the township responsible for 20 percent of the cost, which equates to just under $39,000.
“It’s well overdue, but Perry Township, like many others, has lacked the funding to repair the roads in the significant way they need repaired,” Louth said. “It’s been Band-Aid repairs, and fortunately, they finally got the grant funding they needed.”
Construction could begin as early as next week, although Louth believes it will start later due to the holiday weekend.