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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider approving an agreement with DGL Consulting Engineers, LLC, Maumee, to provide professional engineering services for $75,000 for the design of the Luc-Coy Road/Dustin Road intersection improvement.
Besides DGL, the city also received bids for designs on August 3 from Bramhall Engineering & Surveying Co., Inc., Northwest Consultants, Inc., Proudfoot Associates, and Tetra Tech.
“They are a very good firm,” Public Service Director Paul Roman said of DGL at a committee of the whole meeting on Dec. 3. “I think they are the best for the project.”
The company has conducted a traffic engineering study for the Coy Road/Dustin Road intersection, as well as several other traffic engineering designs and services, for the city, according to Roman.
“They’ve done that very well,” he said.
The project calls for upgrading the Coy Road/Dustin Road intersection with a traffic signal. The Coy Road intersection approaches will be widened to three lanes with left turn lanes, new sidewalk and pedestrian crossing with ADA ramps. The project’s estimated cost is $861,663.
“This involves more than just putting up a traffic signal,” said Councilman Jerry Peach. “It involves looking at dedicated turn lanes, and making an evaluation, among other things, of what Coy Road might look like if there were an expansion in the future.”
Roman said there is $65,000 in the budget for the payment, based on an application to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
“We have used $65,000 for some time for designs of intersection projects. I do think $75,000 is appropriate for this project,” he said. The city will need a supplemental appropriation for the additional $10,000 to cover the cost, he added.
The Wheeling Street improvement project came in less than the estimated cost, which frees up more money for other projects, he said.
The project will go out to bid in the spring of 2014 and be built in the summer.
“It makes it ideal to do all of Dustin next year, and then have this intersection be for the following year. That will really help traffic-wise,” said Roman.
He added that he would like to plan improvements to Isaac Streets Drive soon.
“I think it will be part of the CIP discussions next week,” he said.
The city has done a good job coordinating the improvement project with new commercial projects in the area, such as a new medical facility and Rite Aid, he said.
“We’ve been planning for this project for quite some time, probably for five years,” said Roman. “Even with their plan reviews, we tell them about this project. In some cases, we’ve allowed them to cut the curb rather than pour new knowing that we’re just going to replace that curbing in a couple of years with this project. It saves them money, but they know what to expect with what we’re doing.”
The city plans to tie a traffic light installed at Coy and Dustin to the Navarre and Coy traffic light “and get those two signals working together,” said Roman.
DGL has helped the city apply for safety grant funding, said Roman, “meant for safety improvements.” The company will also assist the city in applying for grants for other projects.
“We are looking at other safety funds and going after them,” he said. “Those grants will be due in April of 2013. We do plan to apply for those grants for the intersection of Coy and Navarre.
The city will also look at applying for grants to fund improvements at Navarre from Isaac Streets Drive to I-280, he added.