If you drive anywhere around Kent these days you know that summer is the high water mark for construction activity. Pile drivers, jack hammers, mixers, excavators and backhoes are in their glory right now. If you could get close enough you’d see that they are sporting couplers made by Kent’s very own ACS Industries on Mogadore Road, the coupler industry leader (my shameless plug for a Kent based business).
There’s definitely a heightened sense of urgency for construction after the passing of the summer solstice in these northern latitudes as the window of the season is narrowing with each passing day. With that in mind, the City is busy with its annual concrete repair and replacement program. The concrete work is an example of routine maintenance that like clockwork is performed year-in and year-out. It’s like the painting of an aircraft carrier; by the time you finish one coat, it’s time to turn around and start all over again — the same holds true for city sidewalks.
In order to keep up with the damage that mother nature, errant vehicles, and everything else inflicts upon our favorite slabs of concrete, the City sets aside $100,000 or so a year and hires a contractor to work on those areas that are experiencing the worst spalling, chipping, cracking and differential settlement.
Besides keeping the city looking good and making it easy for moms and dads to roll their strollers around their neighborhoods, it’s also about keeping the public safe from what we refer to as slips, trips and falls that result from bad sidewalks. It turns out that our favorite majestic trees are public enemy number for our favorite sidewalks; the tree roots lift, push, crack and bully sidewalks all over town. Since we love them both, we have to continually work on repairing the root damage which is probably close to 80% of the concrete work that we perform each year.
Street Name Location
Cuyahoga Street – Between Major’s Lane and N. Mantua Street
Gale Drive – Cul-de-Sac to North end of Bridge on Sunrise Blvd.
Garth Drive – Silver Meadows Blvd. to East end of street.
Longmere Drive – Middlebury Rd to Haymaker Parkway.
Oak Street, West – Franklin Ave. to S. Water Street
Pleasant Avenue – N. Mantua Street to East end of street
-Individual Locations (Wilson, Crain, Doramor, River)
In addition, if funding is available we hope to add the following to this year’s program:
-Additional sidewalk work on Sunrise Boulevard
-Additional sidewalk work on Crain Avenue
There may be minor traffic delays on certain streets during the repair work but those delays should be less than 5 or 10 minutes. The pavement replacement on Kevin Drive will reduce the two lane road down to one lane for a period of two to three weeks. The contractor has been asked to maintain two way traffic on Kevin Drive through the use of appropriate signs but if necessary, Kevin Drive may need to be shut down at some point. If this occurs, the residents will be notified in advance of the closing and emergency vehicles will always have priority access through any work zone even if the road has been temporarily shut down.