It’s road work season in Groveport

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Summer is here and that means it’s time again for the city of Groveport’s annual street maintenance program with work expected to begin in June.

According to Groveport City Administrator Marsha  Hall, the low bidder for the street maintenance program is Columbus Asphalt Paving.  The engineer’s estimate for the base bid work was $482,000 and the bid was $413,527.

“They were the low bidder and were also awarded the contracts for our 2015 and 2016 street maintenance program bids,” said Hall.

Hall said money available for the street maintenance project includes $450,000 from the city’s street fund, $100,000 from the storm water fund.

Plus, also available now is $396,100 from the street fund originally appropriated for the postponed East Bixby Road project, which included plans to repave the road from Ebright Road to U.S. Route 33.

“Columbia Gas will be constructing a large transmission line in the immediate area with heavy truck traffic being routed along Bixby,” said Hall. “It was decided to postpone the work on East Bixby until the gas company’s project, which is scheduled to begin later this year, is completed.”

Hall said four additional streets can be added to this year’s street maintenance program because of the now available money from the East Bixby Road project.

The street work scheduled this summer under the street maintenance program are:

•The municipal parking lot along Wirt Road and Cherry Street will receive spot full-depth repavement, repair, and mill/fill.

•Tallman Street, south of the Cherry Street intersection, to a point south of the Green Avenue intersection, will receive spot full-depth pavement repair, mill/fill, spot curb repair, and curb ramp corrections.

•Elm Street from West Street east to Brook Alley will receive mill/fill, spot curb repair, and curb ramp corrections.

•Elm Street from Front Street east to  the Town Center parking lot will receive mill/fill, spot full-depth pavement repair,  and spot curb repair.

•Grove Pointe Drive, from the west side of the entry median, west to near 4827 Grove Pointe Drive will receive mill/fill, spot curb repair, and curb ramp corrections.

•The Main Street/Hendron Road/Tallman intersection will receive a rebuild of the walk areas behind the curb to correct existing American Disabilities Act deficient ramps.

“Work in the Hanstein Addition was postponed until 2018 since some work was done last year and so the water line can be done at the same time,” said Hall.

The four additional streets added to the street maintenance program this year are:

•West Street and Kinsel Avenue from near Green Avenue, south to and including Kinsel Avenue to the cul-de-sac, including approximately 3,000 square yards of pavement mill and overlay along with associated pavement repairs and as needed curb replacement. The engineer’s estimate was $84,900 and the bid was $62,515.

•Lambert Street from its intersection with West Street, including approximately 1,000 square yards of pavement mill and overlay along with associated pavement repairs. The estimate was $45,050 and the bid was $38,550.

•Firehouse Lane from east of its intersection with Hamilton Road, east to near Madison Lane, including approximately 1,750 square yards of pavement mill and overlay along with associated pavement repairs and as needed curb replacement.  The estimate was $60,950 and the bid was $58,142.

•Elm Street from near Brook Alley, east to its intersection with Front Street, including approximately 2,250 square yards of pavement mill and overlay along with associated pavement repairs and as needed curb replacement. The estimate is $30,500 and the bid was $27,410.

The revised overall total for this year’s street maintenance program is $600,145.

Two other major road projects are also going on in the city this summer.

The West Bixby Road reconstruction project, from Bixby Ridge Drive east to a point in front of Madison Christian School, will begin in June and be completed by mid-August, according to Hall. This project is funded with an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of $407,065, a no interest loan of $254,500, and local funding of $80,000.

Also, the approximately $2.2 million reconstruction of 1,600 feet of Hendron Road from Main Street to Glendening Drive/Marlowa Drive is already under way. It is funded by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of $450,000 and a no interest loan of $1.3 million from the OPWC, with the remainder funded by the county and city.

The schedule for the Hendron Road reconstruction project is: May 12 to June 5 – roadside utility work including water mains and storm sewers; first week of June – water services will be switched over to the new water main; June 5 to Aug. 14 – Phase I road closure for road reconstruction from Sedalia Medical Center to Glendening/Marlowa Drive. Local traffic only allowed in construction zone, no through traffic; Aug. 14 – Glendening/Marlowa Drive intersection re-opens; Aug. 14 to late October – Phase II road closure for road reconstruction from Sedalia Medical Center to Main Street. Local traffic only allowed in construction zone, no through traffic; late October – road re-opens; Dec. 15 – project completed.

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