April 18, 2013
Kimberly Rivers, OVN correspondent
The county of Ventura is currently repaving 4.68 miles of asphalt on 11 roads around the unincorporated parts of the valley, in a $1.8 million project that is expected to be completed by the end of May.
Toro Enterprises, based in Oxnard, was awarded the contract by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors April 12 as part of a multi-year, countywide-repaving plan. Toro’s bid, the lowest, was 8.3 percent below the county’s estimate for the project.
“I’m very happy with the large number of Ojai Valley roads that we’ve been able to resurface in the last couple of years,” said Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett. “The quality of work has been excellent. They’ve even been able to correct some long-standing drainage problems as they go.”
All road repaving is funded through gas taxes, which are dispersed to the county by the state. Roads are selected for repaving based on their condition, and consideration is given to make limited funds stretch the extra mile.
“Sometimes this means that the worst road won’t get repaved first because a medium-poor road can be prevented from reaching the point of major deterioration with an inexpensive light surface coating,” said Steve Offerman, assistant to Bennett. “Repaving lasts around 15 years, a light surface coating lasts eight years.”
According to information on the plans released by Bennett’s office, the project “uses rubberized asphalt for repaving, which both recycles used tires and delivers a longer-lasting, smoother and quieter pavement surface.” The paving project includes “surface prep and crack sealing, base repair, leveling, cold milling and grinding, asphalt rubber hot mix overlay, shoulder backing, curb and gutter removal and replacement, pavement delineation and striping.”
Shoulder improvements are also a part of the project.
“The county has been focusing on the Ojai Valley,” said Bennett. “This fall, we will be repaving over two dozen roads in the valley in a multi-million-dollar repaving push.”
The county gives a three-day notice for any planned road closures, and works to keep such closures to a minimum. During this project, a road will be closed for half a day at most. Roads to be paved during this phase include: Kenewa Court and Tewa Court off Creek Road; Nye Road in Casitas Springs; Carne Road, Fordyce Road, Gorham Road and Orange Road in the East End; and Chaparral Road, Grapevine Road, Rockaway Road and Sierra Road in Oak View. Offerman added that 43 other roads in unincorporated Ojai will begin the repaving process this fall.
Greg Grant with the city of Ojai’s public works department, said several streets within the city limits will also be paved, most likely in the fall.