Then come June, Mann said that’s when paving will begin.
The city approved earlier this year a nearly $3.5 million repaving contract with John R. Jurgenson to repave Ohio 4 from Seward Road to the northern corporation line with Hamilton, just north of the railroad overpass.
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This is the third consecutive year Ohio 4 has experienced a significant project impacting traffic.
In 2016, the intersection of Holden Boulevard/South Gilmore Road and Ohio 4 was realigned, and Duke Energy did some utility work near that intersection. In 2017, the water main under a 2-mile stretch of Ohio 4 — from Nilles Road to Bypass Ohio 4 — was replaced.
The city won't need to touch Ohio 4 again until 2022 or 2023 when the Michael Lane/Camelot Drive intersection on Ohio 4 is realigned.
The need for the repaving is significant, Mann said. He said the biggest concern was a bad subgrade. Water can become trapped under the pavement as it gets worn down with the 45,000 cars and trucks that travel the road every day.
There will also be a modification to the Ohio 4 intersection at Bypass Ohio 4. Mann said because there were too many accidents, the right-turn yield land will be removed for traffic heading north on Ohio 4 to eastbound on the bypass.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is helping pay for the project. Fairfield will chip in $2 million while the city will receive a $1.6 million urban paving program grant and a $50,000 state safety grant.