east state paving

The delayed repaving of the last few blocks of the overall East State Street paving project is due to start this morning and last two to four days, according to a city official. This photo was taken shortly before 8 a.m. today (Monday), when the work hadn't started yet.

After repeated delays throughout May, the repaving of a short stretch of East State Street on each side of the U.S. Rt. 33 overpass is resuming today, according to a city official.

Jessica Adline, project manager with the city’s public works department, confirmed this (Monday) morning that the project is resuming today and should take two to four days to complete.

She said the repeated delays occurred as a result of the subcontractor who’s supplying asphalt for the East State Street project experiencing rain delays on another project it was handling for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The initial release about the project, distributed on May 2, said it would involve a stretch of East State from Home Street east to Strathmore, begin on May 9 and run until May 24.

A second release, issued May 8, said the repaving project now would run from May 15-30.

Some initial removal of the old pavement and other work did occur in mid-May but then the project was halted.

Another city news release came out on May 24, saying the project would begin the following Monday, May 27, with no end date mentioned. The work did not start that week.

The latest release, from Friday, said the work “is scheduled to begin the week of June 3…” It doesn’t mention an end date either, though as stated, Adline said Monday morning that it should take two to four days.

As with all of the earlier releases, the Friday release noted that “two-way traffic and accesses to all intersections will be maintained; however, temporary lane closures will be in place, and flagging will be utilized to assist traffic control at intersections.”

Monday morning just before 8 a.m., no work had started yet on the repaving project, and a big flashing informational sign still alerted drivers that “paving activity” would be happening between May 15 and May 31.

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