Archbold Village Council talked about sharing the cost of repaving a portion of South Defiance Street with the Ohio Department of Transportation during its Monday, Oct. 1 meeting.
South Defiance Street was rebuilt 17 years ago in 1995. Since that time, heavy traffi c has caused ruts in the pavement, particularly from the West Barre Road-Lafayette Street intersection to the Brush Creek bridge.
When it rains, water collects in the ruts. Cars hitting the water can hydroplane.
Because South Defiance Street is also St. Rt. 66, resurfacing is the responsibility of ODOT.
This year, Stryker Street and part of North Defiance Street were resurfaced by ODOT, because Stryker Street also is St. Rt. 2. North Defiance Street is both St. Rt. 66 and St. Rt. 2.
Council reviewed a draft of a letter Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, proposed sending to ODOT, suggesting the costsharing idea.
In the letter, Howell proposed that when ODOT resurfaces South Defiance Street, the road surface be cut extra deep and a layer of another type of asphalt be applied before the final surface coat.
The goal is to “beef up” the pavement, preventing or reducing rutting in the future.
The letter proposes that Archbold would pay for the heavy-duty asphalt and related costs.
In response to a question from Kevin Eicher, councilman, Bob Seaman, village engineer, said ODOT probably won’t get around to resurfacing South Defi- ance Street for two to three years.
Village officials plan to attend a meeting with ODOT officials to discuss the state highway resurfacing schedule.