Pavement around Cisler Dr. a concern

JANELLE PATTERSON The Marietta Times Junior Nolan, of Marietta, tries to maneuver down the hill from Cisler Drive onto Washington Street, where hidden potholes left his truck with a bumpy ride on Thursday.

The trees overhead cast their shadows onto the road below, making it hard to see the rough patches heading up Washington Street onto Cisler Drive.

“People are often crossing over into the opposite lane to avoid it if you know it’s there, but that’s scary too because they’re coming around a blind curve,” said Rita Beck, 76, of Marietta.

Beck lives off of Cisler Drive on Jackson Street and is worried about the amount of damage automobiles on the road could sustain before repairs or repaving occurs.

“A lot of people use that road to cut across the hill, or go to the dog park,” she explained. “The potholes could puncture a tire. I’ve never seen it that bad before and we’ve lived here for 52 years.”

Junior Nolan, who lives farther up past the dog park on Cisler, said he is concerned for not only that road, on which he has seen cars veer off the embankment coming around the lefthand curve by Oak Grove Cemetery, but other roads in the city.

“I know the city doesn’t get federal monies for these local roads, but Cisler is really a town highway,” he said. “And there are spots on other roads like Third Street where the state route runs that are just as bad.”

But the city relies pre-dominately on grants and state funds to complete each year’s paving schedule. Cisler is not on the schedule to be repaved this year.

“Washington to Cisler is on the list to look at for next year’s paving,” said Dave Hendrickson, one of the project managers with the city’s engineering department. “We’re aware the road is bad, that one section at the beginning is particularly bad, though I don’t know a level to put it at because I don’t grade asphalt.”

The last inspection of the road by the city’s pavement management inspection contractor occurred May 1, 2017.

This year 15 streets will be paved across the city, with a total project cost projected to come to $540,000. That cost council authorized to be paid for by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of $400,000 and through permissive tax, state highway improvements funds and Community Development Block Grant funds at $110,000, and $30,000 out of the city’s streets fund.

“But it was a long and bad winter for roads,” explained Todd Stockel, streets foreman. “It seemed like we’d go up and patch the holes and they’d be kicked out within two days on Cisler. That’s hard to keep up with when it’s happening all over the city and you don’t have enough guys.”

Stockel said his team is gearing up to start road grading in the next few days to cut out particularly bumpy spots like the entrance onto Cisler and put in a fill.

“To do that cut-out rather than an overlay which is on there now, the cut-out could last three to four good years if the weather cooperates,” he explained. “Whereas just an overlay at maximum will last 12 to 14 months.”

Nolan said he understands the financial constraints the city is under but said the need is greater than what is being met.

“I think there are enough people in this town that retired well enough off that we could afford to make it a little better ourselves, if that means hiring more part-time people in the summer months to cover the other streets (department) duties so that the guys that know how to mill and fill can focus on the spots not getting repaved,” he said.

He estimated an additional $25 to $50 per household would be palatable to residents to ensure that roads were better-taken care of in the long term.

“We would need about five more guys in order to meet the need,” noted Stockel. “That’s to cover all the additional duties that come onto streets like tree trimming, brick street maintenance, patching, chip seals, storm drain repairs.”

Stockel noted that the difference in cost not only in labor, but basic materials for the city service, have shot up.

“Asphalt used to cost $19 to $26 per ton back in the late 1980s (when the last city income tax increase was raised to 1.7 percent of earned income.) Now it’s $68 to $72 per ton. Even concrete now costs $118 per cubic yard to pour whereas that used to be $38 to $40 per cubic yard,” he said. “Plus contracts for other companies to do the work have more than doubled in 30 years. So we’re trying to do more with less in-house.”

At a glance

Overview of Cisler Drive:

¯ Average PCI: 53.71.

¯ Pavement Condition: Fair.

¯ Federal Aid Eligible: No.

¯ Surface Type: Asphalt.

¯ Community Development Block Grant Eligible: No.

¯ Number of Sections: 7.

¯ Functional Class: Local.

¯ Last inspection date: May 1, 2017.

Cisler Drive Sections:

Section 1:

¯ Location: from Washington Street to Ray Street.

¯ Length: 1,460 feet.

¯ Width: 18 feet.

¯ Pavement condition rating at inspection: 50.

Section 2:

¯ Location: from Ray Street to Oak Street.

¯ Length: 746.

¯ Width: 18.

¯ Pavement condition rating at inspection:55.

Section 3:

¯ Location: from Oak Street to Gibbons Street.

¯ Length: 503 feet.

¯ Width: 18 feet.

¯ Pavement condition rating at inspection: 69.

Section 4:

¯ Location: Gibbons Street to Hillcrest Drive.

¯ Length: 3,488 feet.

¯ Width: 20 feet.

¯ Pavement condition rating at inspection: 60.

Section 5:

¯ Location: Hillcrest Drive to the split.

¯ Length: 1,470 feet.

¯ Width: 19 feet.

¯ Pavement condition rating at inspection: 42.

Section 6 North:

¯ Location: Split to Glendale Road.

¯ Length: 295 feet.

¯ Width: 19 feet.

¯ Pavement condition rating at inspection: 59.

Section 6 South:

¯ Location: Split to Glendale Road.

¯ Length: 260 feet.

¯ Width: 17 feet.

¯ Pavement condition rating at inspection: 41.

Pavement Condition Index (PCI):

Ø Determined by distress type, severity level and quantity of each.

Ø On a scale of 0-100 and categorized as follows:

Ø Failed: 0-19.

Ø Very Poor: 20-34.

Ø Poor: 35-49.

Ø Fair: 50-67.

Ø Good: 68-81.

Ø Very Good: 82-91.

Ø Excellent: 92-100.

Different distress types include:

Ø Alligator cracking.

Ø Bleeding.

Ø Block cracking.

Ø Bumps and sags.

Ø Corrugation.

Ø Depression.

Ø Edge cracking.

Ø Joint reflection cracking.

Ø Lane/shoulder drop off.

Ø Longitudinal/transverse cracking.

Ø Patching.

Ø Polished aggregate.

Ø Potholes.

Ø Railroad crossing.

Ø Rutting.

Ø Shoving.

Ø Slippage cracking.

Ø Swell.

Ø Raveling.

Ø Weathering.

Source: Marietta City Engineering and Pavement Management Group.