Nick McWilliams reporting – Following the submission of paving bids, Uhrichsville has decided to utilize funds for a road over State Route 250.

Johnson Drive, which connects North Water Street Extension to Eastport Road over the highway, will be chip and sealed during the initial parts of the paving season.

Mayor Mark Haney says that the city will save a substantial sum by using the alternative method to full paving.

“The cost that we got back to pave it was about $53,000. So we’re looking at about a $39,000 difference to chip and seal that road over paving it. I’ve talked to [Tuscarawas] County Engineer [Joe] Bachman, and they would have it done in about a two-week period. They would start it, and finish it.”

All told, the city will pay the county engineer’s office about $11,850 as the contracted party for the project, and the city would spend around $2,100 in blade-patching work to prepare Johnson.

Starting today, city workers are cutting back the berms and beginning the prep work.

Haney says that the chip and seal work should last five to six years, and given the road’s current condition, he is confident it will produce a smooth driving surface.

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