Aurora hoping to get $185,520 for repave job

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Published:

Aurora — The city hopes to resurface nearly one mile of East Mennonite Road with Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study federal funds.
“It’s a significant east/west corridor that carries people, goods and services for the economy of Aurora,” Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin said. “It also is a federally functional road, which allows this type of funding to apply.”
The project, if OK’d by AMATS, would extend 0.9 mile west from the Mantua Township-Aurora.
Total project cost would be $278,280, and the city has requested $185,520 in AMATS funding. If approved, the city would come up with the remaining $92,760.
The funding, if approved, would be available in 2016. Asked if the project could go forward without AMATS funding, Womer Benjamin said, “The road will be monitored and evaluated yearly to see if more full-depth repairs are needed to leverage our tax dollars properly.”
The work involves milling and replacing 2 inches of asphalt, plus about 20 cubic yards of full-depth repair, city officials said. It has been ranked No. 12 on the AMATS resurfacing fund list.
Funding for the current round of projects won’t be known until Jan. 30, when AMATS policy committee gives its final recommendations, according to Victor Botosan, AMATS transportation improvement program coordinator.
Until then, Botosan said it is too soon to say which projects will be funded, despite their current ranking.
Botosan said the next step is for an AMATS subcommittee to come up with another preliminary ranking of proposed projects. That list will be sent to AMATS’ Technical Advisory Committee and then to the policy committee.
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