More Fairfield sidewalks, roads to be repaired in 2019 than in recent years

Without a large road project in the plans this year, Fairfield will invest more in its curb project and cover more ground than in most years.

Every year, about a fourth of the sidewalks in Fairfield are repaired, but there are a little more than normal in 2019, said City Engineer Ben Mann.

“It’s a little bigger program than usual,” he said. “There are a couple years that are bigger and a couple years that are smaller.”

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Sidewalks are inspected every year, and once identified, property owners are notified by certified mail advising of the necessity to replace — typically around March. Property owners can either hire someone make the repairs, or the city’s contractor will repair the sidewalks and the property owner’s taxes will be assessed.

This year’s program is estimated to cost $370,000.

In all, an estimated $2.3 million will be spent to repave parts of 39 roads — most of which are residential — and concrete curbs as needed. About $1.8 million of the total cost will be invested in asphalt work, Mann said.

“It’s more streets than we normally do,” he said. “We’re not doing a big project like (State) Route 4, so we’re picking up in our overlay.”

The price tag for the asphalt and curb project is “where we need to be” and more than where they’ve been, Mann said. The last overlay project year was in 2016-17, which cost about $1.8 million.

The city is focusing more on residential streets because it has repaved a lot of the major roads in recent years, with the largest coming in the $3.5 million 4.5-mile Ohio 4 repaving project. The city’s also repaved Holden Boulevard, and South Gilmore and North Gilmore roads.

“A lot of the streets have been done, so now we really need to get into the residential,” Mann said.

One of the 39 roads includes a section of Symmes Road, which will cross the Hamilton boarder. The city is working with the Hamilton to pave that portion “just because it makes sense to do both of those at the same time,” Mann said.

The asphalt resurfacing and concrete curb project will be bid out in March.

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