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Benedict-Elm project nearing completion

Scott Seitz2 • Sep 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Norwalk-area motorists might be pleased to know the Benedict Avenue-Elm Street intersection-widening project has reached its final stages.

The signal poles began to be put in place on Friday, said Josh Snyder, public works director.

Once the signal-pole work is complete, Erie Blacktop will return to work on the intersection pavement, which was skipped during U.S. 250 resurfacing so both projects could take place at the same time.

"Erie Blacktop will return and do full-depth repairs at that intersection along with a section on Foster Street and a section on West Main Street," Snyder said.

Snyder said both the urban paving program and intersection-widening project have gone well this summer.

"Erie Blacktop hires good subcontractors to work with them and that always makes the project better," Snyder said.

Snyder said projects involving full-depth repair of roads or others including drainage or utilties can take a good deal of time.

"And, people don't really see the progress, so the projects seem like they take longer," he said. "Other projects like curbs, people can see the progress."

There is a big difference between resurfacing and full-depth repairs, according to Snyder.

"That's why it took so long," he said. "We're not just resurfacing 1 inch. Even partial-depth repairs can go down 2 to 5 inches. Full-depth repairs go deeper than that."

A road receiving full-depth repairs should last 20 years, Snyder said.

Road that are just resurfaced can last 10 to 12 years, he added.

The worst areas of U.S. 250 were addressed with full-depth repairs.

"Those areas were rutted and broken up," Snyder said. "They should now be much better."

Looking is phase five of the East Main Street improvement project, which this year covers Chatham Street to Milan Avenue.

"East Main should start in late September or early October," Snyder said. "That is getting a little later start because we had to re-bid that."

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