MANSFIELD, OH - Downtown Mansfield's municipal parking lot has been fully repaved and is now open for free parking.
According to City Of Mansfield Engineer, Bob Bianchi, the parking lot hadn't been paved for about 15 years and it was in need of an overlay re-pavement.
Mansfield Mayor, Tim Theaker, stated: "It did need it, it was starting to fall apart and we wanted to make sure it didn't deteriorate so badly that we didn't have to put a lot of money into it."
Bianchi said the project only cost around $69,000 once all was said and done. The original estimate to pave the entire municipal lot was around $100,000. With the lower cost, Bianchi said they were pleased the whole lot was able to get paved.
Without having to remobilize the construction crew two years in a row, it cost less for the city to pave the entire lot at once.
Theaker said it was a perfect time to repave and is in hopes that this free parking area will help boost traffic in the downtown area.
The municipal parking lot has around 185 parking spaces and is located on 4th St. between Main St. and Diamond.