During the week of August 17, 2020, M&T Excavating LLC and its subcontractors will mobilize to start work on the City of Urbana’s Phase 2A Water & Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project. This project encompasses the replacement of the existing sanitary sewer main and laterals on Scioto Street between Jefferson Avenue and the US 36/SR29 intersection near Berwick Drive/Bon Air Drive. In addition, this project will replace deteriorating water mains on Scioto Street between Jefferson Avenue and Berwick Drive; Crescent Drive; Finch Street; and Ames Avenue. As part of the water main replacement project, service lines from the main to the curb stop, fire hydrants, and valves will also be replaced.
Throughout the project, two-way traffic will be maintained on Scioto Street through a series of phased traffic control plans. In addition to one lane being maintained in each direction, Scioto Street will also continue to have a center two-way left turn lane throughout most of the project phases. To accommodate the phased traffic control plans on Scioto Street, traffic signals will be temporarily modified. For the work on Crescent Drive, Ames Avenue, and Finch Street, appropriate signage and barricades will be placed as needed to restrict these roadways to local traffic only. In addition to traffic being maintained throughout the project on Scioto Street, access to businesses will also be maintained.
The purpose of this water main replacement project is to replace aging, deteriorating water mains that have experienced frequent, historic breakage. During the planning process for the water main replacement project, the sanitary sewer main was inspected and determined to warrant replacement on Scioto Street. This construction project is under contract for $1,730,090.59 with $1,398,489.79 of the project cost being water related and the remaining $331,600.80 being sanitary sewer related. To fund this construction, the City of Urbana has obtained low interest loan funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the water portion and the Ohio Water Development Authority for the sanitary sewer portion.
The construction will be completed in two phases with the work on Scioto Street starting in August and being completed on or before November 13, 2020. The replacement sanitary sewer on Scioto Street will be installed first with the replacement water main on Scioto Street being installed second. By the fall completion date, these installations will be completed on Scioto Street, and the trenches will be repaired and other restoration work completed. Scioto Street is scheduled for complete resurfacing in the summer of 2021 under a separate ODOT Urban Resurfacing Program.
Between November 13, 2020 and June 26, 2021, the contractor will be completing the water main installation work on Crescent Drive, Ames Avenue, and Finch Street. Depending on the weather during the winter months, the contractor may periodically be forced to cease work on the project. In addition to the water main replacement work on Crescent Drive, the sidewalk and curb and gutter will be replaced on Crescent Drive in accordance with a council resolution. By the summer 2021 completion date, the work on Crescent Drive, Ames Avenue, and Finch Street will be completed. As part of the project, trenches will be repaired with new asphalt and other restoration work will be completed. However, the complete resurfacing of Crescent Drive and Ames Avenue will be undertaken under a separate city contract later in 2021.
During the project, progress and project updates will be posted periodically on the city’s website here. This project page also includes a list of frequently asked questions and answers.
On Monday, August 10, 2020, Strawser Construction, Inc. of Columbus is scheduled to start work on the City of Urbana’s 2020 Microsurfacing Program. All work is weather permitting. Parking restrictions will be posted within work areas, and vehicles parked in violation will be towed. In addition, flaggers will be used by the contractor to maintain traffic. Brief closures of cross streets are possible. Prior to the microsurfacing work, a subcontractor will remove the existing pavement markings. After the microsurfacing work is completed, temporary pavement markings will be installed on the new surface, followed by permanent markings about two weeks later.
This work is under contract for $130,037.63 and is a portion of the city’s planned asphalt maintenance and paving projects for 2020. Under this program, the following streets are scheduled to be microsurfaced: East Water Street from South Main Street to Finch Street and East Lawn Avenue from Scioto Street to Bloomfield Avenue. Microsurfacing is a pavement preservation technique that extends the useful life of the existing pavement. East Water Street was last resurfaced in 2006 and East Lawn Avenue was last resurfaced in 2009. Earlier this summer, Bituminous Pavement Systems completed the crack sealing of multiple streets citywide at a cost of $44,550.50. In September, asphalt resurfacing of several city streets under a separate contract with The Shelly Company is scheduled at a cost of $322,970.90.
City of Urbana’s Monument Square Roundabout Improvement Project Update; Scheduled Work Cancelled by Contractor
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, RB Jergens Contractors, Inc. and its subcontractors were scheduled to re-mobilize to downtown Urbana to work toward completion of the remaining work items on the Monument Square Roundabout Improvement Project (US 36 & US 68 Intersection Improvement Project). Remaining work items on the project are as follows: repairs to the asphalt on Scioto Street and North Main Street and within the center circle of Monument Square; permanent striping of roadway markings, parking lines, and crosswalks; manhole adjustment; and water valve adjustment. After notifying the City of Urbana of its work schedule and posting no parking signs within the project area, the contractor cancelled the scheduled work and removed the no parking signage. The City of Urbana is awaiting a new start date to complete the project work.
Bituminous Pavement Systems (BPS) has had two productive days this week. They have completed crack sealing in the south half of town and are making progress in the north half. The rain today (5/28) and potentially tomorrow (5/29) will delay them further. Two to three days’ worth of work remains. Be watching for no parking signs on the routes planned for crack sealing.
See this City of Urbana website link for more details and a map: https://www.urbanaohio.com/news--public-notices/city-of-urbanas-2020-crack-sealing-program.
Bituminous Pavement Systems (BPS) has had to delay the start of the crack seal program for the third day in a row on account of wet pavements. They will try again tomorrow (5/21) beginning in the south half of town. New “No Parking” signs will be placed where the contractor expects to be next week. Crack sealing operations throughout town will last a total of 4 to 5 days.
City of Urbana’s Monument Square Roundabout Improvement Project Scheduled to Restart; Final Paving Work Scheduled
On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, RB Jergens Contractors, Inc. and its subcontractors will be remobilizing to downtown Urbana to complete the Monument Square Roundabout Improvement Project (US 36 & US 68 Intersection Improvement Project). The contractor will be completing remaining work items that were carried over from last fall, including final resurfacing on the project.
In early November of last year, daily and overnight temperatures were not conducive to completing all of the planned asphalt work due to asphalt placement specification requirements and limited availability of the high traffic asphalt mix being used on the project. Local and federal funding for the paving work was carried over from 2019 into 2020, and the contract was extended for completion by the end of May 2020. With daily temperatures now being ideal for the high traffic asphalt mix, the contractor has scheduled the paving work on Miami Street, South Main Street, and in the parking areas of Monument Square. In addition, the City and ODOT are stipulating replacement of at least portions of the surface course asphalt laid last fall on North Main Street and Scioto Street.
To facilitate all of this work, the contractor will be posting no parking signage within the planned work areas in advance of each respective work phase. Remaining work items on the project are as follows: milling of existing asphalt surface; pavement repair of deteriorated areas prior to paving; final surface asphalt paving; permanent striping of roadway markings, parking lines, and crosswalks; manhole adjustment; and water valve adjustment.
In addition to parking restrictions to allow for the work to be completed, daytime road closures will be required during the paving operations. A local detour will be in place during these daytime road closures. No work is scheduled for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2020.
The roundabout at Monument Square will be undergoing some changes in 2019. Below are updates and a project summary.
Update 4/2/19 - Coverage of Urbana's proposed roundabout project is seen on the WHIO Channel 7 evening news 4/1, on the Springfield News-Sun website 4/2 and on the Urbana Daily Citizen website 3/30.
Update 3/26/19 - NPL on behalf of Columbia Gas of Ohio will be performing small gas line relocations at various spots around downtown in preparation for the City’s US 36/US 68 Intersection Improvement Project. The gas work should begin the week of 4/1. Public parking areas will be affected as NPL tries to avoid the travel lanes.
Update 3/20/19 - R.B. Jergens Contractors of Vandalia approved by Council as the contractor with the lowest and best bid at a price of $1,808,913.09.
Update 3/11/19 - Rebid date for the US 36/US 68 Intersection Improvement Project (ODOT PID 103793, CHP-US36-14.88).
Update 2/19/19 - Letters were sent to owners and businesses within the downtown district notifying them of approaching construction and what to expect.
Update 2/7/19 - Bid date for the US 36/US 68 Intersection Improvement Project (ODOT PID 103793, CHP-US36-14.88). (Note: Project will be rebid.)
The City has obtained funding to make improvements to the Monument Square roundabout (Safety Grant, Small Cities Grant and Urban Resurfacing Grant through ODOT). This next evolution involves safety improvements such as curbing and a truck apron that will better guide traffic. Pedestrian safety is a top priority as well. Center splitter islands on the approaches will provide a "refuge" area for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Rectangular rapid flashing beacons are planned to enhance driver awareness of pedestrians intending to use the crosswalk. A concept drawing of the new and improved roundabout is linked below.
Due to their age, water mains, services, valves and hydrants will also be replaced downtown during the course of the project. An Ohio Public Works Commission 0% interest loan will pay for most of this portion of the project.
Detours will be signed depending on the leg of the square under construction. Plans for these state and local detours are linked below.
Access to parking lots and alleyways will be affected while the project progresses. Read more about that and pedestrian access in the following letter.
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