Written by Kelly Kaczala
February 24, 2014
Oregon plans on making a number of improvements to Navarre Avenue (State Route 2) based on an Access Management Study conducted in 2012 that examined the safety of vehicles pulling out of businesses onto the busy thoroughfare.
Although the $2,718,327 Navarre Avenue safety project is in the design phase, it is scheduled to be completed in May 2016.
The project will be financed though the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Safety Fund, and City Street Improvement Fund. According to Public Service Director Paul Roman, the project will include the following:
- Improvements at the State Route 2/Wheeling Street intersection, including the addition of a second southbound left turn lane, the relocation of the existing median island, and the modification of a signal to accommodate protected left turns in all directions;
- Construction of a median along State Route 2 between Munding Drive and Isaac Streets Drive;
- Construction of bulb-outs and median openings to accommodate U-turns and emergency access;
- Construction of a dedicated public access road with right-in/right-out at State Route 2 to serve businesses and provide emergency vehicle access;
- Upgrading signals to improve visibility and accommodate pedestrians and U-turns;
- Upgrading lane control and directional signage;
- Providing micro-surfacing to improve skid resistance and eliminate conflicting pavement markings;
- Providing/upgrading pedestrian accommodation (ramps).
The city also plans on starting the following projects this year:
- Roadway improvement program, which consists of the resurfacing and/or repair of various streets throughout the city, involving asphalt resurfacing, pavement planning, base repairs, underdrains, catch basin adjustments, and curb replacement, $800,000.
- Various storm drainage projects, including drainage improvements to Patchen Road and Cresceus Road; Van Buren Avenue; Arthur Street; and Jersey Road and Rogers Lane, $308,000.
- Annual waterline replacement program consisting of 6,000 feet of new waterline, $800,000.
- The Bioretention Facility Community Demonstration project, which consists of the construction of innovative storm water treatment cells that capture and treat storm water runoff from parking lots. The $112,000 Bioretention project will be completed at the South Recreation Complex soccer fields, off of Starr Avenue Extension. Cells are created with an engineered soil mix and planted with specific plants that help to either trap or uptake storm water contaminants, as well as, reduce runoff volumes during rain events. There will be nine different cells created adjacent to existing parking lots near the soccer fields. Partnering with Clay High School students, the city will also have public information signage on site to help explain these storm water practices to the public. Clay students are currently working on signage design and associated research.
- Phase 3 of the Oregon Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project, which consists of the rehabilitation of mainline and lateral sanitary sewers in the Euclid Park, Old Eastmoreland and Valley Park areas. The $3,165,000 project is a continuation of the required sanitary sewer rehabilitation by the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Ohio EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects Phases I and 2 have been completed.
- Cedar Point Road improvements, consisting of relocating Cedar Point Road 1,000 feet south of its current location between Wynn Road and just east of Otter Creek Road. The purpose of the $5,000,000 project is to accommodate future industrial growth for BP-Husky Refining and adjacent property owners.
- Phase 1 of the Wastewater Treatment Plant secondary treatment improvements, which include the replacement of two influent screens, replacement of three raw sewage pump motor drives, replacement of two blowers, full replacement of air piping and replacement of air diffusers in aeration tanks, a dissolved oxygen control system, site restoration, and associated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition upgrades. Phase 1 will also improve plant efficiency by reducing energy costs. Loans for the $6.2 million project will be paid through the establishment of a new capital improvement rate, which will be charged to all sewer customers over a 20 year period. The capital improvement rate for Phase 1 will be established next month. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in December.
Phase 2 is expected to start by December 2015 and be completed in 2017. It calls for the construction of a new final clarifier with associated secondary sludge pumping facilities, disinfection improvements consisting of the replacement of chlorine feed and safety equipment, effluent pump replacement and improvements, site restoration, and associated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition upgrades.
The capital improvement rate for Phase 2 will be established in March 2016.