STEUBENVILLE - The $1.5 million resurfacing of Sunset Boulevard started shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday with the sound of asphalt pouring into the back of a dump truck.
Employees from the Shelly & Sands Corp. of Rayland worked until approximately 7 a.m. today removing the asphalt from the city's main thoroughfare from the western corporation limits to John Scott Highway.
The highway construction company employees will be back on the street at 6 p.m. tonight and Friday night to continue the cold milling process to remove existing asphalt.
Mike Dolak discusses Sunset Blvd work
"We are doing this work at night to alleviate traffic problems. We will be working five nights a week and our plans are to meet the Nov. 1 completion date," said Ed Leonard of Shelly & Sands.
Leonard also said a subcontractor will be temporarily striping the street during the work to mark driving lanes.
City Engineer Michael Dolak stood near the starting point of the project Wednesday evening watching motorists encounter the construction zone.
STREET WORK — Employees of the Shelly & Sands Corp. of Rayland started removing asphalt from the west end of Sunset Boulevard Wednesday night as part of a $1.5 million resurfacing project. Work will resume tonight and and continue on a five-night-a-week schedule until early November. City Engineer Michael Dolak is asking motorists to use caution and remain patient during the street project. - Dave Gossett
"This will be a temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement. I'm asking all drivers to be patient for the next two months and to use caution during the resurfacing work," said Dolak.
He added the project is being funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Public Works Commission and the city.
"Once the asphalt milling process is completed, the asphalt intermediate course will be applied to the roadway. Traffic will be maintained with single lane closures but motorists should be aware of daily traffic pattern changes," Dolak noted.
A Wadsworth-based company also is working on a traffic signalization project on Sunset Boulevard designed to improve traffic flow.
Shelly & Sands of Rayland was awarded the job earlier this year after submitting the low proposal of $1,523,290.10, while Lash Paving of Colerain entered a bid of $1,531,838.25.
Shelly & Sands also is the contractor for the $7,084,302 Washington Street rehabilitation work.
Dolak also said the next phase of that rehabilitation project is tentatively set to start on the two westbound lanes on the Washington Street hill.
"We will be watching the weather and will start that phase as soon as possible," Dolak noted.
"The westbound lanes will be closed first for the replacement of the concrete roadway and traffic will be maintained in both directions in the two eastbound lanes. That work should be completed by the end of the year and work will then start early next year on the eastbound lanes," Dolak said.
"The rehabilitation work from state Route 7 to Fifth Street will be done last because the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has mandated a sewer separation project, so that will take place when the street work is starting," noted Dolak.
"We will also be rehabbing the Sixth Street bridge that runs over Washington Street as well as the two Adams Street bridges. There will be a little bit of inconvenience but it will be temporary," Dolak said.
The project is scheduled to be completed by September 2011.
Funding for the Washington Street project is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
"When the Washington Street rehabilitation project and Sunset Boulevard work is completed the main route through the city will be nearly completely repaved," said Dolak.
(Gossett can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)