Clermont County to resurface and repair 36 miles of roads

BATAVIA, Ohio — Commissioners yesterday awarded a $2.28-million bid to Barrett Paving of Middletown to resurface about 19 miles of roads and repair another 17 miles. Barrett Paving submitted the lowest and best bid, according to the County Engineer’s Office. Work is expected to begin later this month on these roads:

Full paving and repair

Airport Road (From Patterson Road to SR 125)
Bootjack Corner Road (From Brown County Line to SR 133)
Ferris Road (From McMann Road to Bach-Buxton Road)
Laurel-Nicholsville Road (From SR 232 to SR 222)
Manila Road – north (From Woodville Pike to Goshen Road)
Manila Road—south (From Cedarville Road to Woodville Pike)
Oak Corner Road (From Bethel-Maple Road to SR 125)
Sodom Road (From Bethel-Maple Road to Brown County Line)
Twin Bridges Road (From Lake Access Road to SR 133)
Woodville Pike—east of Goshen Road (From Goshen Road to SR 727)
Woodville Pike—west of Goshen Road (From SR 132 to Goshen Road)

Spot repair

Bethel-Concord Road (From Twin Bridges Road to Dead End)
Bethel Concord Road (From SR 133 to Dead End)
Burdsall Road (From Jackson Pike to Brown County Line)
Clough Pike (From Batavia Village Limit to Amelia-Olive Branch Road)
Garrison Spurling Road (From SR 727 to Warren County Line)
Goodwin School House-Point Isabel Road (From SR 133 to Mount Olive-Point Isabel Road)

Spot repair and curb only

Summerside Road (From Old SR 74 to Beechwood Road)

Curb only

Amelia-Olive Branch Road (From Clough Pike to Judd Road)

About half of the revenue for the 2019 Road Resurfacing Program comes from the $5 increase in vehicle registration fees, which the Commissioners approved in 2018. This allows roughly $1 million more per year to flow into the Engineer’s Road Improvement Program, increasing the number of miles that will be repaved each year.

Also, a recently enacted 10.5 cents-a-gallon increase in Ohio’s gasoline tax — the first increase since 2005 — is expected to generate an additional $1.5 million a year for each of Ohio’s counties. Townships, villages and cities will also see additional revenue from the gas tax increase.

The Engineer’s Office is responsible for about 400 miles of county roads and 416 bridges in Clermont County. Funding comes exclusively from Ohio’s gasoline tax, which is divided equally among all 88 counties, no matter the population, and annual vehicle registration fees. Each county receives about 70 percent of the vehicle registration fees generated in their county.

In 2018, the county Engineer’s Office received $7.2 million vehicle registration fees and $2.3 million in fuel tax revenues.

In 2020, the first full year that increased revenues will come from the fuel tax increase, the Engineer’s Office is expected to receive $8.2 million in vehicle registration fees and $3.8 million in fuel tax revenues.

The additional revenue from the vehicle registration fee will be used exclusively for road resurfacing, reducing the paving cycle from the current 38 years to 22 years. The additional gas tax revenue will address deficient bridges.