Thursday, October 10, 2002

Cheviot targets streets to repair

By Angela T. Koenig
Enquirer contributor

CHEVIOT — City officials have applied for state and federal funds to supplement several road projects.

“We look for help anywhere we can get it,” Mayor J. Michael Laumann said, identifying four streets that might qualify for assistance under the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) for construction in 2003.

The streets in need of improvements are: Glenmore Avenue, from Harrison Avenue to Montana Avenue; Carrie Avenue, from Harrison Avenue to Smith Road; School Section Road, from Harrison Avenue to Westwood Northern Boulevard; and Bridgetown Road, from the Cheviot city limits to Harrison Avenue.

Reconstruction costs for all four streets are estimated at $1.2 million, said Safety Service Director Steve Neal. The city's annual roads budget — the majority of which is funded by a 3-mill roads levy — is about $250,000 annually.

The city normally contributes about 30 percent of a SCIP-funded project, Mr. Neal said.

“The bigger your share, the more points you get,” he said, adding that the state is more likely to approve the reconstruction of Bridgetown Road. That's because Cinergy and Cincinnati Water Works are also making improvements there and have agreed to contribute to resurfacing costs, which would bring the local contribution closer to 50 percent.

The mayor said the city also is asking for $160,000 in federal funds to support Glenmore reconstruction.

The city would contribute about $88,000 to the project, Mr. Neal said.

Approvals will be announced before the end of the year.

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