City streets may not see much help this year

March 9, 2011 —

Spring breakup season is here, and city crews are out with cold patch, trying to keep ahead of the seasonal crop of potholes. But still, if you want to keep from tearing up your car, City Manager Steve Hartsel says, “Don’t drive down Tiffin or Pleasant Streets.”

The extremely poor condition of Pleasant Street has been an ongoing problem for the city, and it’s number one on the city’s priority list. The only problem is money: it’s going to cost $800,000 or so to reconstruct, and the money is just nowhere in sight.

The street will need complete reconstruction, partly because of the existence of concrete slabs under the asphalt paving. This means the surface can’t just be ground up, but will have to be completely removed. In addition, there are underground utilities that would have to be replaced. The city has tried for state funding for rebuilding this street in the past, with no success.

Hartsel said that the idea of trying to get Pleasant Street redesignated as a major street is under consideration; this would open up better possibilities for state funding, since, as he says, “Grant money is just not available for minor roads.” He feels it is unlikely that Pleasant Street will be getting attention this year.

Pleasant Street is not the only problem. Tiffin Street has taken a beating this winter, especially toward the sound end, at least partly due to the closure of Jackson Street. Hartsel says that he’d like to recommend repaving of the third of a mile or so between Main and Buchanan Streets, and thinks that the city may have sufficent funds to do the repaving.

Another problem is Division Street between Grove and US-127. Like the south end of Tiffin Street, it is a “major street” and is eligible for state funding.

Hartsel says that the city is still doing analysis before going to Council with recommendations on repairs of those two streets, and possibly others.

There will be some street construction and reconstruction going on in Hudson this year, as there will be rebuilding of the north part of Steger Industrial Drive, and possible construction of the north part. However, this work is being done not with city money, but with financing through state industrial development grants and funds from the Local Development Finance Authority, and those funds can’t be used for city streets.

Hartsel says he doesn’t see any state funding for streets and roads possible until the next round of state infrastructure grants later this year. Until then, city crews will do what they can with the potholes.