Parma City Officials Plan Significant Street Repairs
More than 100 Parma streets will be either repaved, repaired or crack-sealed this summer and fall by the city’s Service Department, and in collaboration with Cuyahoga County, portions of five major thoroughfares are also being repaired.
Additional major multi-city county projects, which total more than $27 million, will be performed between 2018 and 2020.
All told, this year the city is investing more than $6.5 million into improving neighborhood streets and roads. Working with Auditor Brian Day and Treasurer Tom Mastroianni, the city will take out a $3 million loan that, according to bond advisors, will not risk the city’s financial health.
Last year the city borrowed more than $1.5 million for a Day Drive project, which consists of a complete concrete joint repair from Ridge Road to Lynett Drive and asphalt overlay from Ridge to Ames. The city is currently in a bid process for that work.
"Typically, we spend $2 million a year on street repairs," said Director of Service Brian Higgins. "We're going to spend that $2 million plus the $4.5-million more that we borrowed.”
This year’s neighborhood streets project is more ambitious than in years past, and repairs could continue until the end of October, according to Higgins, adding that weather conditions and contractor obligations factor into when the jobs can be completed.
“Through collaborative efforts with the County and working with our Council and financial departments, we’re finding ways to do more than we’ve ever done before,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “As an inner-ring suburb we have aging infrastructure issues, but we're committed to working on improving our roads. One of the major projects will be West 54th Street from Snow to Hollywood."
Assistant City Engineer Hasmukh Patel secured a $252,711 grant to help pay for the city’s re-surfacing of Day Drive and his efforts have helped to save valuable capital dollars for the city.
Every year, the Parma Service Department collects street condition information from its street supervisors, citizen requests, and City Council recommendations. That information resulted in 41 streets that will be repaired and 92 streets to be crack-sealed.
Parma has spent more than $2 million in each of the last five years on improving city streets. The city also has used at least $150,000 each year in Community Development Block Grant funds for streetscape improvements.
Communications Director for the City of Parma