By Linda Dillman
The next phase of the renovation of Gender Road in Canal Winchester will soon begin with the approval of a contract for work at Canal Street and Winchester Boulevard.
Canal Winchester City Council gave the green light to a nearly $900,000 contract with Shelly and Sands, Inc. for the project at its March 1 meeting.
According to Contract Services Administrator Bill Sims, the city received a number of bids from a pool of contractors and selected Shelly and Sands, who worked on the city’s 2018 street program. He expects the project to get underway this summer.
Improvements include adding a northbound turn lane at Canal Street and Gender Road and a northbound right turn lane onto Winchester Boulevard from Gender Road Contractors will also move the bike path and pull it away from traffic. Sims said some drivers misinterpreted the bike lane as a turn lane.
“As a basis for determining the successful bid, consideration was given to the contractor who could demonstrate a permanent place of business, possession of suitable equipment to complete the work, experience, positive performance on similar projects, and the lowest bid,” said engineer Michael Brehm in his Feb. 24 recommendation.
“Based on these criteria, and on a review of the qualifications information as submitted, Shelly and Sands, Inc. is the lowest qualified bidder. Shelly & Sands, Inc. appears qualified to perform the work.”
McGill Park update
Public Service Director Matt Peoples reported on trail work at McGill Park.
“We got some really good news,” Peoples said. “The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released the project and we are free to move forward with the bid. I hope to get good bids from that. This is for the trail connector only.”
Peoples said the project includes a three-quarter mile long, 10-foot-wide path and new bridge crossings at Washington Street and Ashbrook—going from the covered bridge to McGill Park. The ODNR matching grant is $450,000.
“One of the largest features is a weathering steel bridge at two locations,” said Peoples, who said one bridge is 66 feet long and the other is 27 feet long. Each one is 12 feet wide and rated for service vehicles. Both are going to be very scenic in nature and the next place for senior pictures. I’m pretty excited about the project. It’s a long time in coming and really glad to get this going.”