By Linda Dillman
Even in winter, work on McGill Park in Canal Winchester is moving ahead according to Public Service Director Matt Peoples’ report to Canal Winchester City Council on Jan. 19.
“We have split the utility portion out from the rest of (the) Phase I project,” Peoples said. “(We) are currently out to bid with an opening date of Feb. 5 and presentation to council Feb. 16. Additionally, we are awaiting environmental review and plan approvals to be finalized and will send the Trail Connector project out to bid directly thereafter.
The Phase I project design is being finalized and is also subject to the same environmental review and plan approvals as the Trail project and will be bidding out as soon as possible.”
According to Peoples, the engineering firm EMH&T is finalizing the Gender Road Phase V design and the city is scheduling bids to go out in February.
The Public Service Department is also finalizing the design of the 2021 Street Capital Improvement Project, which includes: West Waterloo Street from Chesterville to Pfeifer; Lithopolis Road, Fox Hill Drive, West Fairfield Street, Cormorant Drive repairs; Blue Ash Court, Brooks Bend Court, Edgewater Court, Iris Court, White Ash Court; Groveport Road path from West Street to Washington Street; and the annual sidewalk program, path maintenance, and general road repairs and maintenance items.
“We are planning bids to go out in February,” said Peoples.
EMH&T is working on design concepts for the Gender Road Phase VI project that include a pedestrian connection across the Gender Road overpass, as well as additional lanes for Gender Road.
“Our plan is to utilize ODOT Safety Funding as well OPWC funding and we are preparing to begin assembling the application,” said Peoples. “EMH&T contacted ODOT to discuss the project and were told the Safety Fund applications were postponed until the fall and then it would be for funding of the fiscal year 2025. We will have engineers complete the design work and reassess the status mid-year.”