Council updated on improvement projects


By Sheryl Roadcap - sroadcap@aimmedianetwork.com



SIDNEY — Sidney’s numerous capital improvement projects slated for the next few years were presented Monday evening during the Sidney City Council workshop session.

Sidney Engineering Manager Randy Magoto informed council about the status of various Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)/Sidney projects and gave a traffic safety update. Among Sidney’s 2017 capital projects are:

• 2017 sidewalk program — Homeowners were notified in February about sidewalks in need of repair. Property owners have until July 1 to complete repairs themselves. Advertisement for contract bids will go out in April.

• Well field project —The project is complete; only minor items are remaining. The well field is ready to start pumping water once the transmission main project is finished.

• Raw water transmission line — The pipeline is expected to be completed in May.

• Wastewater treatment plant expansion — Phase One is 80 percent finished; it should be completed by July 4. Phase Two will be a continuation of Phase One. The city is waiting to hear if funding will be granted, but the hope is to begin Phase Two by the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.

• 2017 paving program — Resurfacing and microsurfacing of 9.55 miles of Sidney streets begins June 13 and is expected to be completed by Aug. 25.

• 2017 curb and gutter program — This is the follow-up to street paving, which is set to begin “soon” and be finished June 12.

• Fielding Road reconstruction — Only remaining items are the final lift of asphalt, seeding and mulching.

• Graceland Cemetery addition — The building of sections G and H will begin this month and is expected to be completed May 19.

• Parkwood/Robinwood Streets water-main replacements — Work will begin this week and is expected to be finished June 30. Residents will have access from the west or east side, but the streets will be closed to through traffic.

• Sixth Avenue water-main replacement — The project is from Michigan Street to Grove Street and is a part of the 2017 resurfacing program. Residents will have access from the north or south side, but the streets will be closed to through traffic. Completion is expected by June 2.

• North Street reconstruction — The project is from West Avenue to Ohio Avenue to reconstruct the street, curbs and sidewalks, as needed. The area will be closed to through traffic and the detour will utilize Poplar Street. The design is underway and construction will begin this summer.

• Jefferson Street Bridge replacement — The project is 80 percent funded through the Ohio Public Works grant. The design phase is underway and construction will begin this fall.

• Chestnut Avenue sanitary sewer replacement — The project will replace the sanitary sewer main, laterals and manholes from Fair Road to Lincoln Street. The design phase is underway; work will begin this winter and completion is expected in the spring of 2018.

• Maple Street sanitary sewer replacement — The project will replace the sanitary sewer main, laterals and manholes from Oak Avenue to St. Marys Avenue. Completion is expected by June 30.

• Southwest sanitary sewer rehabilitation — This sanitary sewer has been identified as a source of groundwater infiltration into the collection system. Once areas requiring repairs are identified, the design phase will begin. Advertisement for bids will be this fall.

• Other 2017 projects: YMCA storm sewer replacement, Hall Avenue sanitary sewer replacement, Robert O. New Park basketball court repairs, service center salt dome installation. Proposed downtown storm sewer improvements are being evaluated.

Projects utilizing grants derived from Local Projects Administration and/or ODOT funds, are:

• Traffic signal replacement at state Route 47 and Fourth Avenue — The new signal will be a mast arm configuration with a dilemma zone detection, which allows vehicles to continue through a yellow light without changing to red. It will be funded by 90 percent federal funds, 5 percent Ohio Toll Roads funds and 5 percent city funds. Bids open March 16 and construction is expected to be complete in November.

• Park Street Bridge replacement over CSX Railroad for 2019 — The design phase is underway; bidding will be advertised in January 2019, and completion is expected Aug. 31, 2019. It will be funded by 80 percent Federal Municipal Bridge funds, 15 percent Ohio Toll Roads funds and 5 percent city funds.

• Russell Road reconstruction — Proposed improvements are the addition of a right turn lane approaching Wapakoneta Avenue from the west; replacement of traffic signal at Wapakoneta Avenue and Russell Road; and reconstruction of the road, storm sewers, sanitary sewers curbs and sidewalks from Wapakoneta Avenue to Main Avenue. A Small Cities grant application has been submitted for 95 percent of funding. If granted, construction will take place in 2020.

• State Route 47 corridor improvement project — This project is for potential changes between Fourth Avenue and Walnut Avenue to improve safety and travel. The project is the subject of a public meeting, March 16, at the Senior Center of Sidney Shelby County.

Magoto said engineering is underway for the Shelby County Fair Road bridge replacement project, which is located in Sidney over the CSX Railroad. The new bridge will include wider walkways and updated lighting; no other details are available yet.

A project that is 100 percent funded, Magoto said, is for traffic signals at the state Route 29/Interstate 75 ramps. He said it is 90 percent funded by Federal Highways and 10 percent funded from state money. Construction is scheduled to begin May 8 and to be completed in November.

Magoto said from 2014 through 2016, there were 1,813 reported vehicular crashes. He said a review of these crashes helped determine the 10 highest crash intersections in Sidney. This list informed the safety improvement projects.

Council member Darryl Thurber expressed concern that citizens may be unaware of the city’s street improvements. City Manager Mark Cundiff said the road construction map is posted online. He said some streets will be repaired as waterlines are replaced so that all work is completed at the same time. He assured concerned citizens that work is “being done all over town” and crews will get to streets in need of repair.

By Sheryl Roadcap

sroadcap@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.