Tallmadge -- Restoration work on the walkway at the main rear entrance to City Hall continues this week as workers move forward after delays from unexpected additional structural damage and poor weather.
The city set out to replace the concrete on the walkway that leads from the parking lot to the rear entrance on the second floor of the building on North Avenue, a project city officials thought would take about a week, starting Oct. 14.
"It's like when you do a home project, you think you're going to have this in it, and all of a sudden it turns into that," Mayor Dave Kline said. "We we were just going to change out the bad concrete that had been cracked, and as soon as the [workers] tore it up, they found bad metal. Now we have to replace the metal."
Salt sprinkled on the walkway during previous winters seeped through the cracks in the concrete and corroded the metal infrastructure beneath it, he said.
The project also included replacing some of the bricks in the patio area next to the concrete, but the salt deteriorated the bricks to the point that they, too, need to be replaced.
According to Kline, the project is considered to be regular maintenance, and no reports of accidents, incidents or injuries to people using the walkway before the restoration have been received.
Money from the city's general infrastructure fund will be used to pay for the estimated project cost of $25,000 to $30,000.
The additional work and rainy weather pushed the original estimated completion date to sometime at the end of next week, city officials said.
During the construction, the rear entrance to City Hall is closed. Visitors are to use the entrance at the lower level of the building.
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