Road repairs are forthcoming in Eastlake

Mar. 19—As there are some much needed repairs that are on the schedule, it's going to be a busy 2023 for Eastlake's Service Department and road crews, says City Councilman Michael Semick.

"While nobody likes to have to deal with construction traffic, there are some much needed repairs that when complete, we can all be thankful for," Semick said.

Among the roads that are scheduled for repair thus far include Bayshore Drive, Shoreham Drive, Valley View Drive, Riverdale Drive, Robin Drive, Oriole Drive and the Erie Road park driveway.

In addition, the Waverly Road sanitary sewer replacement is to start in April. The city is currently awaiting a schedule on the Vine Street waterline replacement and E. 357th St.

"There are more to come and when I have them, I'll share them," Semick said. "Many of these roads are scheduled for partial repairs. Patience while all this work is taking place is greatly appreciated."

In 2021, the city completed $2.7 million in road repairs and roughly $2.6 million in 2022, said Mayor Dennis Morley.

"This year, there's going to be a lot of construction on Vine Street," he said. "They're going to put new water lines in, a new sanitary sewer system in from Willowick Drive to Vine, we have 357 new water lines going in, so we're going to have a lot of construction."

The resurfacing of Vine Street is scheduled to take place sometime in 2024 from the Willowick border to Willoughby line.

"I've been working with the mayors on that," Morley said. "We just picked a group, which will be CT Consultants that will run that project with us with ODOT."

Morley said that compared to recent years, Eastlake is doing much better financially, but will remain mindful that some of the income that comes in might not be there all the time. The challenges that will be ongoing are going to be with the supply chains as the city has bigger projects forthcoming — its sewer lines, the second phase of Waverly Road's sanitary sewers and all of Vine Street's water lines.

"We didn't see the dip we saw through the (coronavirus)," Morley said. "Inflation has been tough on businesses, so we're still a little leery going into 2023. We'll put a tight budget together and not overestimate what our income should be."