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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