Road work in the Belden Village area is Stark County's biggest ticket item as the 2019 road construction season gets underway.
The county engineer's office and contractor Wenger Excavating will focus much of their attention on finishing the Everhard Road and Whipple Avenue Northwest intersection improvement in Jackson Township, with a construction cost of $8 million, by Thanksgiving.
Culvert replacement will close a key stretch of Everhard and create a major traffic disruption from August to October.
But much of the rest of the county engineer's projects this construction season will involve mainly road resurfacing, which may include temporary lane closures and bridge repairs or replacements that result in detours.
The county engineer's office earlier this month detailed the status of the Everhard Road and Whipple intersection. An official also discussed the $2.19 million resurfacing and upgrades of 4 miles of Whipple Avenue Northwest between Belden Village Street Northwest and Tuscarawas Street West with traffic signal upgrades at eight intersections by August.
Stark County Engineer Keith Bennett and Chief Deputy Engineer Dave Torrence also discussed other projects scheduled for this year. Federal grants and state grants are covering most of the cost except some of the ones that only involve resurfacing roads.
"I think we've got a good program going this year," Bennett said.
"Of course, the big issue is finishing up Whipple, Everhard project — which I'm sure most of the traveling public is anxious to see that complete." Otherwise, he said, "it's a general year for us."
Other work includes:
• Rehabilitation of the Gambrinus Avenue Southwest bridge over the Hurford Run stream and Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway in Canton. The bridge is just south of the Marathon Petroleum refinery and near the Timken Gambrinus plant. Work started in mid-March. The bridge will be closed until September or October. Cost: $2.64 million with $2.6 million from federal and state grants.
• Hot-mix asphalt resurfacing on 3.5 miles of Canton roads between May and July. Cost: $671,130, with $200,000 covered by a state grant. The county is covering about $280,000, and Canton is covering about $180,000.
• Chip-and-seal resurfacing of 27 miles of roads. Work will start in July or August and take three weeks. Cost: $793,591.
• Guardrail replacement, about 2 miles total at about a dozen locations. Work will take place between mid-April and early June. Cost: $240,597 — with $200,000 from a federal grant.
• Hot-mix resurfacing of 12 miles of roads. Cost: $1.4 million.
Projects for 2020 include the resurfacing of 0.6 mile of Belden Village Street Northwest in Jackson Township from Whipple Avenue Northwest to Everhard Road Northwest at a cost of $500,000 with $400,000 covered by a federal grant. The project is to be bid out this December. It will take 45 days, with work done mainly at night and begin next year.