Motorists will need to watch for slowed traffic and lane closures in certain sections in Clark County this summer when crews begin work on about $1.3 million in road improvements.
Nearly 22 miles of Clark County roads in Bethel, German, Harmony, Mad River, Pike, Moorefield and Springfield townships, as well as the village of Enon, will be resurfaced as part of an annual project to repair damaged roads, Clark County Engineer Johnathan Burr said.
The work will likely begin in August.
Bundling the road projects throughout the county together reduced the overall cost, Burr said.
“Going out as one large bid generates better prices,” Burr said.
The resurfacing project is expected to cost about $1.3 million and an additional $210,000 will be used for pavement markings.
“We’re just fixing the roads back up from the winter time and just fixing general damage, and wear and tear on the road,” Burr said.
The project will paid for using about $345,000 from the county engineer’s budget and money from the townships and villages.
The county’s portion includes sections of Moorefield Road between Middle Urbana Road and Ohio 4; New Carlisle-St. Paris Road between Marquart Road and Ohio 41; and Detrick-Jordan Pike near Folk Ream Road and Ohio 41.
Moorefield Twp. is expected to spend more than $357,000 on the road improvements.
Roads included in the project in Moorefield Twp. are: Westmont Drive near Stanway Avenue and Ridgewood Road east and west; Westmont Circle near Westmont Drive; Ferndale Lane near Stanway Avenue; Willow Road near Middle Urbana and Morris roads; Mumper Road near Ohio 4; and Tacoma Street between Montego Drive and Ridge Road East.
Springfield Twp. will spend about $200,000 to repair roads that need significant repair, Springfield Twp. Administrator Jeff Briner said.
“We try to address the worst first,” Briner said, adding that the township is responsible for 76 miles of roads.
Roads included in the project are West Possum Road near I-70 and Springfield-Xenia Road; East Pitchin Road between Craig Road and Township Line; and Victory Road near New Carlisle Pike and Groop Road.
“Our budget is getting tighter and tighter. Every year we have to be very careful what we pick and choose,” Briner said. “Ten years ago we could do four or five miles of roads with what it (now) costs to do a mile.”
Clark County Road improvement costs
$357,904 - Moorefield Twp.
$345,935 - Clark County
$199,871 - Springfield Twp.
$97,689 - Bethel Twp.
$93,171 - Harmony Twp.
$62,257 - Pike Twp.
$31,993 - Mad River Twp.
Source - Clark County Engineer’s Office
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