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Published: Tuesday, 4/15/2014 - Updated: 7 months ago

Northview, Southview parking lots to be rebuilt this summer for $1.45 million

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The parking lots of Northview and Southview high schools will be repaved for $1.45 million this year by TenMile Creek Excavating, the Sylvania school board decided on Monday.

Alan Bacho, the school district's director of facilities, told the school board that the bid was 24 percent under the $1.9 million cost estimated for the project. The board unanimously approved the bid acceptance.

Proceeds from the sale of now-closed Central Elementary School will fund the project. The school sold the property for $2.25 million in January. Any leftover money will be spent on buses and repairing roofs at Timberstone Junior High and Whiteford Elementary School, Superintendent Brad Rieger said.

Work on the high school parking lots is scheduled to begin June 9, after school lets out for the summer. The work is projected to be finished in the first week of August. Traffic will be maintained during construction. The project will be undertaken in portions so that parking will be available throughout the time period at the schools.

The Metamora-based TenMile Excavating will rebuild the lots which have had some resurfacing in the past. The lots have not been upgraded, for the most part, since the 1960s and 1970s,  Mr. Bacho said. Officials said the lots were “splintered,” “failing,” and spotted with potholes. 

Both parking lots and Northview’s overflow lot at Silica Drive and Monroe Street will have the asphalt stripped and base removed, each replaced with new material. Sidewalks and curbs will be upgraded, improving drainage, Mr. Bacho said.

Originally, he said, a greener method called Full Depth Reclamation was considered. That approach would recycle the present asphalt, mixing it with cement, and then re-use the mix as the parking lot surface. Mr. Bacho said that would have saved about $150,000 using the method.

However, he proposed the conventional method instead because he observed other reclamation projects around town, barely a year old, were faltering, including one on I-475.

"We are looking for something long-term here," he said. 

The lots, if maintained, could have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, he said.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 



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