WELLSVILLE - Much as workers will soon prepare a selection of village roads for repaving, Wellsville officials are attempting to prepare motorists and residents for the noise, dust and delays that will come with the project, which begins on Monday.
Drivers are also being warned to expect changes in the flow of traffic as work commences on five portions of roadway: Aten Avenue between Commerce Street and Clark Avenue; Broadway Avenue between Third and Ninth streets; Commerce Street between Ninth and 15th streets; Maple Avenue from 15th to 17th streets; and Riverside Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.
The plan calls for road surfaces in these area to be milled down to the bricks rather than just repaving over the existing roadway. While this method is said to yield better results over the long term, the process will be loud and create clouds of dust in the surrounding areas. In spite of the nice weather, Mayor Susan Haugh suggested that residents hold off on any serious house cleaning for the duration and keep their windows closed.
"We can't stress enough: It is going to be dirty," she said with emphasis.
Contractor Shelly and Sands, Inc., of Youngstown, will erect detour signs around work zones during the project, which is expected to take between three and seven days to finish. Parking will also be prohibited in these areas as construction takes place. Haugh asked for patience, stating that the end result will be worth the trouble.
"It's all in the name of improvement and progress," she said.
According to Haugh, the repaved roads will be crowned at the intersections, dipping at either end, to direct water into catch basins and storm sewers. Previous repaving efforts that leveled the roads smoothed the ride, but also took away these natural drainage paths. "When they filled those in, leveled those off, it took away drainage," she said. "That's why we get a lot of water sitting on Broadway ruining the paving jobs."
In addition to new main roads, Administrator Thom Edgell says the repaving project will also yield benefits for Wellsville's pock-marked alleyways. The 2,700 cubic yards of ground-up asphalt millings scraped off the roads will be used to fill in holes and ruts in alleys after it is rolled out and compacted. With an average price of $35 for gravel, the use of road millings will save the village nearly $95,000.