Brookfield’s proposed 2023 road paving program again looks a lot like the plan the township released to promote the passing of a road levy, which was approved in November.
Road Supt. Jaime Fredenburg had moved some roads on the list because of Aqua Ohio waterline projects on the West Hill, but after he did not get clear guidance on what Aqua will be doing, he reverted to the original list.
“I said, ‘You guys just do what you gotta do and you’ll have to fix the road when you’re done. We’re just gonna go with our program that we had,” Fredenburg said he told Aqua employees.
The trustees have asked the Trumbull County Engineer to prepare bid documents for hot mix asphalt paving of North Stateline Road between Superior Street and Warren Sharon Road; Grove Street between Bedford Road and Route 7; Edmond Street; Erie Street; and Jane Street.
They also asked for bid documents to cold mix pave North Albright McKay Road from King Graves Road to where the road widens south of Amy Boyle Road; and to repair and chip seal King Graves Road, Sharon Hogue Road and Jacqueline Drive.
The township also will pave Lucy Street, but received Issue 1 grant funds for the project and will bid it out separately because the Issue 1 regulations are different from what the township will require of its own projects, Fredenburg said.
The levy is expected to bring in almost $500,000 the first year, and the estimated cost of all the work is $600,000. That means some streets might have to be deducted from this year’s program and paved in a future year, Fredenburg said.
The most likely first deductions would be Jane and Edmond because Aqua still is planning a waterline replacement project there, but it’s not clear how much of the road will have to be dug up.
“If we’ve already paved it, and they start open-cutting, then we got a brand new road that’s getting cut,” Fredenburg said. “Depending on what happens with that, we may have to delete those.”
The work on King Graves is dependent on the Hartford Township trustees agreeing to work on their side, he said. The townships banded together to apply for an Issue 1 grant, but were turned down, and the sides have not decided how they want to proceed.
When asked to explain the difference between hot mix asphalt and cold mix asphalt, Fredenburg said, “It’s just different asphalt materials. I like cold mix better because the cold mix is a lot more flexible. In the temperature variations, it’ll move more.”
However, cold mix asphalt is topped by chip seal, a mixture of oil and rocks.
“It’s not as conducive in, say, Valley View, Brookfield Estates, in the city environment,” Fredenburg said. “It’s more acceptable in country roads, long country roads.”