December 20, 2014

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Lorain approves 34 road repair projects

LORAIN — The city’s notoriously bumpy roads should get smoother this year.

City Council members on Monday approved about $9.6 million in improvements to 34 roads. The most expensive project is $856,463 for work on Seneca Avenue from East 28th Street to East 33rd Street. Second is $808,643 for Meister Road and East 33rd from Oberlin Avenue to Falbo Avenue.

Third is $784,612 for Seneca from East 37th Street to the East 42nd Street terminus, followed by $727,412 for West 11th Street from Oberlin to Hillsdale Avenue and $548,825 for New Jersey Avenue from Colorado Avenue to Wilson Street.

The money comes from the street levy approved in 2012, which raises $5.3 million annually — costing a worker earning $50,000 per year $250 annually.

Lorain plans to spend $13.5 million in repairs to 45 roads this year, said Mayor Chase Ritenauer. The additional money is from Ohio Public Works Commission loans.

In other business

  • Council unanimously approved a $271,684 sewer line project. The 8-inch sanitary sewer lines stretch about 1,500 feet from Frankford Street to Fairless Drive. Nine area property owners will pay about $108,000 for the lines, designed to spur economic development. The remainder will be paid through tax increment financing,.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.