London’s Park Avenue reconstruction will start in March

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Reconstruction of Park Avenue in London is scheduled to take place next spring, starting March 3. The tentative completion date is June 3.

(Posted Dec. 4, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London’s Park Avenue is getting a makeover. The $1.4 million reconstruction project should be complete by June.

The street runs between Elm (State Route 38) and Main (State Route 56) streets. Madison Health, Cowling Park, the municipal swimming pool, and residences line the street.

The project entails resurfacing the entire stretch of Park Avenue, building new sidewalks, curbs, and gutters, and replacing the old bridge. Additionally, a multi-purpose path will be installed alongside Cowling Park.

Originally, the project was to start this summer and finish up by the end of this year or early next year, however, the city received no bids when it first put the project out to bid this spring.

“The second time, we got multiple bids,” said Mayor Patrick Closser.

The city recently awarded the contract to Strawser Paving, a road construction company based in Columbus.

City leaders, hospital leaders and representatives of EMH&T, the New Albany firm handling engineering for the project, met with Strawser two weeks ago for a pre-construction meeting. They set the project start date for March 3. The tentative completion date is June 3.

Reconstruction work will begin with the east end of Park Avenue between the bridge and Elm Street, followed by the west end between the bridge and Main Street.

Throughout the reconstruction phase, the east end of Park Avenue will be closed to through traffic. The west end will remain open, providing access to the hospital’s main entrance and emergency department, as well as the adjacent Park Avenue Medical Building.

Anyone who experiences an emergency and needs to get to the hospital during the reconstruction must use Main Street to get to Park Avenue.

Once the reconstruction is done, all of Park Avenue will be paved. This process should take one or two days, Closser said. During that time, one lane of Park Avenue will remain open.

An Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant is covering $1.14 million of the project cost. The city is covering the rest ($262,678) with a 0 percent interest loan with a maximum term of 30 years.

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