Solon city officials got their first look at a preliminary 2022 infrastructure project list, amounting to about $26.9 million in projects.

City Engineer John J. Busch presented for City Council’s Public Works committee last week the first look at the list of projects by priority, some of which were carryovers from 2021.

By city ordinance, a quarter percent of the city’s income tax collections is directed to the infrastructure fund.

On average, the city spends anywhere between $15 million and $20 million annually on road work.

They budgeted about $20 million for this year’s work.

Some of the top ticket priority one projects budgeted for 2022 include the Solon Road reconstruction, from Aurora to Bainbridge roads, at $2.65 million and phase one of the Aurora Road reconstruction at about $6.66 million. That total project amount is $10 million.

Other priority projects include the Aurora Road reconstruction Phase 1 utility relocation at $400,000; the Miles Road retaining wall at $700,000; the Miles Road sanitary sewer replacement and pedestrian accommodations at $550,000; the Miles Road waterline replacement project at $3 million and the Duneden reconstruction project at $2.8 million.

The city’s yearly concrete and asphalt repairs as well as sanitary and storm sewer upgrades are included in the priority two category. The city has budgeted $2.5 million for concrete repairs next year citywide as well as $1.5 million for asphalt repairs. Sanitary and storm sewer repair is budgeted at $450,000 and street striping at $220,000, among their annual projects.

Priority three projects include the variety of design and inspection services as well as materials testing. Construction inspection services are budgeted at $750,000 and design services at $700,000.

Councilwoman Nancy E. Meany said the city has been super aggressive with concrete repairs over the years and has done a good job.

Mr. Busch said he agreed, and perhaps that amount can be scaled back for 2022, although they do have some areas in the city identified for next year.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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