Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The street is expected to reopen on Friday.
As the city kicks off the road construction season, McKinley Avenue — between Hilliard and North Marginal roads — will close on Thursday. But don’t fret; the street will reopen on Friday. Construction will begin in the morning, and wrap up by the end of the day. “This is only expected to be a one-day closure,” according to a news release. Motorists are encouraged to find a different route. Joe Beno, the city’s public works director, encourages motorists to take the Warren Road exit. Earlier this year, Beno told Lakewood Patch that McKinley needed work. “It’s bad,” he said. Click here to see the other paving projects planned around the city.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Parking could be restricted on pick-up days.
Good-bye, blue bags. Hello, blue bins. The city of Lakewood is expected to begin a “structured rollout” of its new refuse and recycling program, starting as soon as this summer. City officials are considering a move that would switch the city’s recycling collection to an automated process, complete with new trucks and large blue bins. City council’s public works committee continued its discussion on the topic at its meeting on Monday night. The city could begin distributing the first 6,000 bins — out of a total 15,000 — this summer. But the $1.5 million project will first need council’s approval. In an effort to streamline waste collection — and save money in the long run — city officials are eyeing a plan to begin distributing plastic …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Lakewood City Council OK’s $1.5 million for summer repaving projects.
There are about a dozen streets that rank among the worst of the worst in Lakewood. Bumpy. Potholes. Crumbling. Those are the streets the city will repave first. Each year, the city analyzes the streets and sets out to repave the ones in roughest shape during the summer. City council OK'd an ordinance at Tuesday’s city council meeting capping the cost of repaving projects at $1.5 million. There were several listed in the ordinance, but Joe Beno, the city’s public works director, said that they are subject to change. And usually do by the time repaving season rolls around. The streets that will be paved are: Marlowe Avenue; the Arthur Avenue extension; Lewis Drive, from Detroit to Franklin; Summit Avenue, between Clifton and Lake Avenue; …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
We rounded up all the major projects the city has planned for the summer; find out how to avoid those orange barrels.
Clarifcation: Whippoorwill Avenue is one of the 12 streets slated for repaving. By accident, we left it off the list. We’ve rounded up all of Lakewood’s planned road construction sites — and put them into a fancy map. Here’s the breakdown of the city streets getting some fresh pavement this summer. There could be more streets added to the project, said Joe Beno, the city's director of public works, but it depends on whether the bids come in low.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A multi-million-dollar plan to replace traffic signals at 14 intersections on Detroit Avenue has begun.
A multi-million-dollar plan to replace — and synchronize — traffic signals at 14 intersections on Detroit Avenue is well under way. Crews from two contracted companies took advantage of warm temperatures to install a few of the new traffic posts, as part of the city’s multi-year project to improve traffic flow in the city. Joe Beno, the city’s director of public works, said the Detroit Avenue portion of the project should be wrapped up by the end of summer. “So far so good,” he said, adding that there are 14 total intersections getting new signals — and at least three poles at each of them. Crews began by erecting the vertical poles, and at some, they began extending the “arms” over Detroit Avenue. Hanging traffic signals is next, Beno …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Plans to pave St. Charles Avenue postponed because of a proposed water line replacement. “Alternates” also added to the project, should the bids come in lower than expected.
Because of a proposed water line replacement, St. Charles Avenue will not be one of about 10 streets getting fresh pavement this summer. Instead, city officials plan to pave two shorter streets: Adeline and Hilda avenues. Joe Beno, the city’s public works director, said that rather than repave St. Charles — only to rip it up again later — the city would hold off paving that street. Both Hilda and Adeline avenues, located next to each other between Lincoln and Brown avenues, are only about 500 feet long. Both are in need of some repair, Beno said. Last month, the city announced that 10 Lakewood streets are getting some fresh pavement. Beno said should the bids come in lower than expected, four additional streets will be considered as …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
City officials say increases will help offset EPA sewer regulations.
Water and sewer rates are going up for Lakewood residents again in 2012. Residents can expect a 2-percent rate increase in their water bills and a 10-percent hike in their sewer bills as they begin to arrive in Lakewood mailboxes in February. This is the second year of water and sewer rate increases. Joe Beno, the city’s director of public works, said the increases will help offset costs from meeting EPA regulations of wastewater overflow into Lake Erie. “Every city around here, everybody’s got sewer rates going up at least 10 percent,” he said. The city of Vermillion had an 11 percent rate hike last year; Willoughby a 26 percent increase; and the city of Euclid is raising its rates by nearly 50 percent this year. “Everyone along a lake or…
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
When the storm hit Saturday, the street crews were ready.
The storm that battered Northeast Ohio on Saturday came quickly and hit hard. But city officials said the trucks were ready. Just after the snow started falling, the city sent out a couple of trucks, but as it got worse, nine trucks were deployed. “It was a little surprising,” said Joe Beno, the city’s director of public works. “Most of the weather forecasts said it was going to be a dusting, and then 6 inches of snow fell. But we’ve been preparing for about a month.” The city has about 4,000 tons of salt on hand. “All our trucks were prepared, loaded with salt,” said Pat Lewis, the city’s division manager of the streets, who first sent out the first trucks around noon. By the afternoon, with a high moisture content in the snow, the …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Lakewood must first get funding approval from the Ohio Department of Public Works Commission.
Last year, the city applied for — and was denied — $1 million in state funding for a $2 million project to repave all three miles of Madison Avenue. City officials are planning to apply for the grant again. Joe Beno, the city’s director of public works, said it’s been about 20 years since Madison Avenue was fully repaved. However, it gets the regular patch treatment. “It’s not the worst street, but it’s one of the worst,” he said. At last week’s city council meeting, an application for $250,000 in grant funding from Cuyahoga County was approved — but that money would only be used if the city gets the green light from the state. “If we don’t get the money from the Ohio Department of Public Works Commission, the city is not going to spend $2…
Monday, May 23, 2011
In March, the city was able to add Granger and Delaware avenues to the project after the bids came in low.
Work has begun on this summer’s $1.2 million project to repave eight Lakewood streets. With this spring’s rainy weather, the schedule was pushed back, but last week work finally began. Joe Beno, the city’s director of public works, said that the work will take several months to complete — but it’s all contingent on the weather. The city originally had six streets included in the project. Some streets will be paved entirely, while others will have only a portion repaved. Larchmont Avenue will be paved from Madison to Detroit avenues; Morrison from Madison to Delaware avenues; Lakeland Avenue, from Detroit Avenue to Clifton Boulevard; and Winton Avenue will get some new pavement from Madison to Cordova avenues. All of Overlook and Arlington…