Parma Heights expands second section of $172,000 Manorford Drive building venture –

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — Construction began earlier this week on the second phase of Manorford Drive, which was originally scheduled as a full-depth repair between Aylesworth Drive and Newkirk Drive.

However, due to the city agreeing to a lower bid than expected from Construction King, the concrete project has been slightly enhanced with Parma Heights adding $22,000 to the originally estimated $150,000 project.

“We had our engineer talk with the contractor, which agreed to extend the work around the side streets intersections off Manorford Drive,” Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne said. “So we’re able to get a little bit more repair out of it than we originally had thought.”

Parma Heights Community and Economic Development Director Joe Sebes added, “It’s very good news for the city. Construction King was the lowest bidder at about $108,000.

“The city chose to do a little extra work and tried to cut into the intersections. They’re going to feather the concrete inlet areas going into Aylesworth Drive and Newkirk Drive.”

Scheduled to be completed in early December, the project includes completely removing the asphalt, base, curbs, underdrains and catch basins with new concrete, curbs, catch basins and an ADA-compliant sidewalk added.

The initial phase of the project, which went from Olde York Road to Aylesworth Drive, was completed in 2018.

For the second straight year Parma Heights is using $150,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Manorford Drive.

“It’s going to be a brand-new street, which has to be more than 60 years old and probably hasn’t been resurfaced in more than 30 years,” said Sebes, who is unsure if the city will earmark any 2021 CDBG funds toward a third phase.

Currently the city is planning ahead for future infrastructure projects that more than likely will be grant funded.

“We’re trying to target streets based on priorities and needs,” Sebes said. “We have a lot of them, but it’s very difficult. With COVID, there’s been a lot of local government cuts in all communities throughout Ohio, so we’re doing the best we can with a limited budget and funding.”

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