Rebuilding Sidney’s Transportation Infrastructure

By Mike Barhorst


In November 2014, voters in the City of Sidney approved a 0.25% increase to the municipal income tax rate with the proceeds from this increase being used exclusively for the “construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and maintenance of streets, alleys, bridges, and related curbs and gutters” within the City.  The increase was approved for a five-year period. Collection of this tax began January 1, 2015.

As of March 22, 2017, $5,026,863 has been collected for this exclusive purpose with $3,590,207 having been expended or encumbered for street projects through December 31, 2016. The City has budgeted $3.5M for street-related projects in 2017.

A total of 16.42 miles of roadways have been milled and filled, 1.90 miles of roadways have been microsurfaced 6.8 lane miles have been crack sealed, 8 lane miles rejuvenated and 19,975 feet of curb and gutters have been replaced.

The City is currently preparing for the 2017 street paving program.  Our contractor, DL Smith Concrete, will begin repairing and replacing curbs and gutters throughout the community in early April. This work will be completed in preparation for the streets being paved..

DL Smith Concrete expects to have the $824,000 curb and gutter project completed by mid-June.  Barrett Paving was awarded the $1.584M mill/fill paving contract.  Barrett is scheduled to start after the curb and gutter project is complete.

Again this year, the City intends to use a number of roadway treatment options including traditional mill and fill, microsurfacing and rejuvenation.

Most residents are familiar with the traditional mill/fill process.  In this method, an amount of the roadway, usually one and a half inch, is typically ground away prior to laying a new course of asphalt.

This year 9.55 miles of roadway are scheduled for mill/fill.  The streets involved include:  1.) Alpine Court (Hoewisher to the cul-de-sac); 2.) Broadway Avenue (Port Jefferson Road to Russell Road); 3.) Belmont Street (Miami Avenue to Broadway); 4.) Canal Street (Main Avenue to Broadway); 5.) Chase Avenue (Fair Road to Lincoln Street); 6.) East Avenue (Shelby Street to Port Jefferson Road); 7.) Edgewood Street (Wapakoneta Avenue to Broadway); 8.) Elm Street (East Avenue to Broadway); 9.) Fair Road. (Water Street to Campbell Road); 10.) Foxcross Drive (Hoewisher Road to Alpine Court); 11.) Hoewisher Road (Wapakoneta Avenue West to dead end); 12.) Hoewisher Road (Main Avenue to Broadway); 13.) Jefferson Street (Main Avenue to Broadway); 14.) Kossuth Street (Wapakoneta to Port Jefferson Road); 15.) Lincoln Street (Chestnut Avenue to Chase); 16.) South Main Avenue (Crescent Drive to Court Street); 17.) McKinley Avenue (Fair Road to Lincoln Street); 18.) Northwood School Alley (St. Marys Aventue to Wapakoneta Avenue); 19.) Oakmont Court (Foxcross to cul-de-sac); 20.) South Ohio Avenue (North Crescent to Main Street); 21.) Park Street. (Linden Avenue to Fair Oaks); 22.) Parkwood Street (Wapakoneta Avenue to Main Avenue); 23.) Parkwood Street (Wells to Hoewisher Road); 24.) Robinwood Street (Wapakoneta to Broadway); 25.) Russell Road (Main Avenue to Broadway); 26.) Shelby Street (Main Avenue to East Avenue); 27.) Sixth Avenue (Michigan Street to Grove Street); 28.) North Vandemark Road (Michigan Street north to curve); 29.) South Vandemark Road (Michigan Street to Campbell Road – outside lanes only; 30.) Water Street (Walnut Avenue to Miami Avenue).

Another pavement preservation option available to the city is microsurfacing.  It involves the application of a mixture of water, asphalt emulsion, very small crushed rock, and chemical additives that is applied to an existing asphalt pavement surface.  Microsurfacing is applied in order to help preserve and protect the underlying pavement structure and provide a new driving surface.  Asphalt-rubber stress absorbing membrane interlayers (SAMIs) are placed between distressed pavement and hot mix overlay to seal existing cracks and retard reflective cracking.  Roads chosen for microsurfacing application generally have low to moderate distress and narrow crack width.

Streets in 2017 that have been chosen for microsurfacing include: 1.) East Bennett Street (Miami Avenue to Main Avenue); 2.) Culvert Street (Wilkinson Avenue to dead end); 3.) Culvert Street (Highland Avenue to Wilkinson Avenue); 4.) East Avenue (Kossuth Street to dead end); 5.) East Avenue (Belmont Street to New Street); 6.) Johnston Drive (Broadway to Clinton Street); 7.) Johnston Drive (Clinton Street to Norwood); 8.) Ontario Court (Westlake to cul-de-sac); 9.) Rutledge Street (Hilltop to Constitution); 10.) Superior Court (Westlake to dead end); 11.) Evergreen Street (Spruce Street to dead end); 12.) Amherst Street (Westwood to dead end); 13.) Cherry Street (Spruce Street to Walnut Avenue); 14.) South Walnut Avenue (Mulberry Street to dead end); 15.) Mulberry Street (Chestnut Avenue to Walnut Avenue); 16.) Overland Drive (Johnston Drive to Terrace Drive); 17.) Bon Air (Port Jefferson Road to Port Jefferson Road); and, 18.) Clinton Street (Johnston Drive to Port Jefferson Road).  Strawser Construction, Inc. has been awarded this $238,000 project.

Asphalt rejuvenation is the process of restoring chemical properties that have been deteriorating since the moment new asphalt was laid down.  An asphalt rejuvenator is designed to penetrate the asphalt well below the surface to chemically revitalize and protect the asphalt binder by replacing the tars and oils lost due to oxidation.  Pavement Technology, Inc, has been awarded the contract to complete this $75,000 project.

Streets that will receive the preventative rejuvenation treatment in 2017 include: 1.) Stolle Avenue (Campbell Road to Michigan Avenue); 2.) Stewart Avenue (Vandemark Road to Vandemark Road); 3.) Cheryl Drive (Stewart Avenue to the cul-de-sac); 4.) Robert Drive (Stewart Avenue to the cul-de-sac); 5.) Glenn Drive (Stewart Avenue to the cul-de-sac); 6.) Daniel Drive (Stewart Avenue to the cul-de-sac); 7.) Fairmont Drive (Colonial Drive to Amherst Drive); 8.) Spruce Avenue (Amherst Drive to the railroad bridge); 9.) Colonial Drive (Fair Road to Spruce Avenue); 10.) South Miami Avenue (Water Street to Main Avenue); 11.) West Parkwood Street (Grenelefe Court to Hoewisher Road.); 12.) North Main Avenue (Kossuth Street to Russell Road); 13.) North Main Avenue (Russell Road. to Parkwood Street); 14.) Wells Drive (Parkwood Street to Hoewisher Road); and 15.) Hoewisher Road (Plum Ridge Trail to East Parkwood Street).

Some residents have asked why streets that are in the worst condition, especially the street on which they live, are not being addressed before streets that are seemingly in much better condition.  The answer is a relatively simple one.  The City has rated the condition of every street.  We intend to crack-seal and/or microsurface those that are in relatively good shape to extend the life of those streets.  Those that have lesser ratings will be resurfaced to avoid costly repairs later.

Those that are already in terrible condition will need to be completely reconstructed.  As a result, the decision was made to move such streets to the later phases of the program.  Doing so will not cost additional money to repair them, but will save substantially more as we maintain other streets that are not yet in such serious condition.

Unfortunately, even with the tax levy in place for five years, the city will be unable to effectively address all the curbs and gutters, the 64 bridges (a bridge varies in size from a culvert to the more massive structures across rivers, railroads or the interstate), 18 miles of alleyways and 112.7 miles of surface streets.  We currently estimate that 68% of the street surfaces will be treated using levy funds between 2015-2020.

Residents who may have questions regarding the street repaving program may contact Assistant City Manager/Public Works Director Gary Clough by phone (937.498.8141) or email (  Of course, residents should also feel free to contact their elected City Councilmember.  Contact information is available on the City’s website (