- Eyes On
Fewer than 11 miles of county roadway is scheduled for resurfacing in 2011.
â€śItâ€™s the fewest number of miles weâ€™ve paved since 1984,â€ť Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said as he submitted plans to the Auglaize County commissioners this week. â€śIf we stay at that, weâ€™ll have a 30-year rotation on county roads. Roads we paved this year, we wouldnâ€™t be back to resurface again until 2041.â€ť
The single bid submitted for the work was for a little more than $1 million from Shelly Corporation, of Findlay. It includes all materials needed for the resurfacing.
The bid reflects asphalt costs of $68.55 per ton, up $4 per ton from 2010.
â€śAlmost 30 miles cost the same in 2003, the last time this department saw an increase in revenue,â€ť Reinhart said.
Since then, there has been a 250 percent increase in the cost of asphalt used for roadway resurfacing.
If income to the Engineerâ€™s Office would have kept up with construction inflation, Reinhart said the county would instead be on a 12- to 13-year rotation for its 348 miles of road.
â€śMy license plate income has completely flattened off in the past four to five years and that became quite apparent when the 2010 census figures showed that Auglaize County had an actual decrease in population during the previous decade,â€ť Reinhart said. â€śFewer people means fewer vehicles needing plates.
â€śThatâ€™s not saying the price of a license plate did not increase,â€ť he said. â€śThe previous governor and General Assembly added $12 to the base $20 fee two years ago, but all the money went to the State Highway Patrol and for the first time ever, none toward roads and bridges.â€ť
Reinhart said the base $20 plate fee that goes to local governments and is earmarked for roads and bridges only, hasnâ€™t been adjusted in more than 30 years.
Compounding financial problems for his office this year is an unexpected cost
of $175,000, which needed to be moved within the County Engineerâ€™s budget already this year.
Reinhart said 4,000 tons of stone had to be used during heavy spring flooding and a large number of snow and ice events during winter months led to more money spent on salt, which has seen hefty price increases. During the first three months of the year, the county used half of its fuel budget for the year. All three are factors contributing to less funding being available in the county engineerâ€™s budget for projects such as resurfacing.
Listed in Auglaize Countyâ€™s resurfacing program for 2011 are one-tenth of a mile of Greenville Road at the Miami and Erie Canal, one-third of a mile of Hamilton Street from River Bridge to Glynwood Road, nearly a mile of New Bremen-New Knoxville Road from Kettler Road to Lock Two, 4.5 miles of Middle Pike from Ohio 65 to Interstate 75, 3.64 miles of Geyer Road from Center Street to Geyer Drive, 1.1 miles of Koenig Road from U.S. 33 to Ohio 29, and four-tenths of a mile of Nottingham Drive in the Sherwood Forest Subdivision.
The city of Wapakoneta is adding to the county contract on Hamilton Street and resurfacing from the Hamilton Street Bridge south to West Auglaize Street.
This year a special mix with more polymers is to be applied on Koenig Road to provide better support for heavy truck traffic. The same material has been used successfully on Main Street and County Road 66A.
â€śItâ€™s worth the extra few dollars,â€ť Reinhart said.
He said Koenig Road was an addition to the countyâ€™s resurfacing program that he hadnâ€™t anticipated for this year.
â€śThe ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) detour did major damage,â€ť Reinhart said, making Koenig the only road in the countyâ€™s program that he didnâ€™t anticipate resurfacing this year. â€śWith or without the detour it needed work, but it moved it up a couple years. It bumped out a couple roads I had planned on repaving.â€ť
A bit more work still is needed before work proceeds on Middle Pike. Drainage problems have been addressed on the road for several years to get them resolved before its resurfaced.
Geyer Road is the oldest county road being resurfaced this year, with 18-year-old pavement to be replaced.
More than seven miles of township roads to be resurfaced are one-tenth of a mile of Shaverton Court east of County Road 66A and leveling seven road crossings in German Township, two miles of Monroe Road from Main Street Road to Moulton Fort Amanda Road in Logan Township, three miles of Tri-Township Road from Waesch Road to Clover Four Road in St. Marys Township, 1.5 miles on Conant Road and the southern portion of Bay Road in Moulton Township, and nearly eight-tenths of a mile of Blank Pike from Stiles Road to Boundary Road in Union Township.
â€śIâ€™ve already driven in anticipation of next yearâ€™s paving program, if we have the dollars,â€ť Reinhart said. â€śI will have to drive it again in the spring and see what happened over the winter.
â€śThe maintenance chip and seal program probably will begin mid-July,â€ť he said. â€śThe program was almost non-existent in the 1990s but is now a common practice.â€ť