Tallmadge -- An Ohio Department of Transportation project that will repave the entire length of West Avenue from the Circle to the city's corporate line near Brittain Road is delayed.

The project was scheduled to start sometime after July and wrap up by this fall, but according to Tallmadge Public Service Director Bryan Esler, the work has been pushed back to the spring of next year. Esler said ODOT decided to delay the project to take advantage of the warmer spring temperatures.

"[ODOT is] using a new type of asphalt that's supposed to hold up better," Esler told City Council July 10. "Unfortunately, they bid it later than they had hoped to. There are rules -- their cut-off date is October for using that type of asphalt so they don't expect that they'll be able to do it this year."

The total cost of the project is about $900,000, with ODOT paying 80 percent, or $720,000, and the city paying the balance of $180,000 from its road maintenance fund.

City officials said the "mill and fill" construction project for the 6,600-foot stretch of road will eliminate bumps and cracks, which will result in a smoother ride for motorists. Workers will mill 2 1/2 inches off the road's surface, and a few days later, crews will repave it with new asphalt.

Mayor Dave Kline said the road is "in great need of repair."

The work should take about a week to a month to complete, he said.

The road will be open to traffic throughout the construction, with lane restrictions at times.

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