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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for funding from the Federal Highway Administration for the bid and construction of the Coy Road /Dustin Road intersection improvement.

The $862,700 project will consist of the widening and resurfacing of Coy to provide turn lanes at Dustin for the installation of a new traffic signal at Dustin. The work on Dustin will involve full pavement removal of the existing concrete pavement and replacement with a new asphalt pavement section. There will also be drainage replacement and utility relocation work associated with the project along Coy Road. All the work will be in the existing public right of ways along Coy and Dustin roads.

“The city did receive an ODOT grant that will pay 80 percent, up to $827,200, for this project,” Public Service Director Paul Roman said at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday.  “Our plan for construction is we will likely bid this project in July and likely start construction in August.”

“This is a major project the city has been waiting for,” said Councilman Jerry Peach. “The fact we will benefit from an 80/20 grant is largely due to the efforts of the administration and Mr. Roman’s engineering department.”

Roman said plans call for the Isaac Streets Drive improvement project to be completed prior to the Coy Road/Dustin Road intersection improvements.

The Isaac Streets Drive project will consist of replacing 0.43 miles of the existing 6” concrete pavement with a new 8” concrete pavement on Isaac Streets Drive between Navarre Avenue and Munding Drive. It will also include curbing, underdrains, curb inlet adjustments, partial replacement of driveway aprons, sidewalk and ADA curb ramps.

The $950,000 project is expected to start in June and be completed in September this year.

Contaminated soil

Also on Monday, council will consider authorizing the administration to sign change orders with Miller Bros. Construction for $148,969.38 in additional work related to the Wheeling Street Bridge project over Otter Creek.

“It’s a large dollar amount, but the bulk of the change was really due to contaminated soil that was discovered during construction,” said Roman.

The ordinance is a final change order to close out the project, which had an initial estimated cost of $640,640.

“The design did have a line item for dealing with contaminated soil. The contamination was weathered hydrocarbon, typical along the Otter Creek area,” said Roman. “We’ve had similar situations along Cedar Point Road and Otter Creek Road in years past. It’s very hard to identify where the contamination came from. But it’s still something we have to deal with. ODOT specs are very detailed as to how you deal with it. Our only problem in this situation is the volume or amount that we listed in the bid contract was way lower than the actual amount. That was probably our biggest problem here. We know that when we do other bridges over Otter Creek, we definitely need to increase the estimated volume of what we could run into in terms of contaminated soil, and we’ll do that. I think the other thing we may want to look at is taking care of this ourselves with our own contractor versus going through a general contractor - who hires a subcontractor to do this work. It’s something we may want to look at changing in the
future when we bid this work.”

ODOT grants require the agency’s approval of a project and contractor, he noted.

The Taylor Road Bridge, just west of Yarrow, is due for repair or replacement, said Roman. It will be funded 100 percent by an ODOT grant.

“That will be more controlled through ODOT. But we definitely want to address any contaminated soil in that contract when that comes up in the future,” he said.

The Wheeling Street Bridge project consisted of the replacement of an existing reinforced concrete slab bridge on Wheeling Street with a 25 foot span precast concrete three sided flat topped culvert. The new structure was designed to improve hydraulics and water capacity through the structure. The project also included roadway, pavement replacement, erosion control, relocation of an 8” water main, maintenance of traffic and miscellaneous work required to complete the bridge improvement.

The project was started last October and substantially completed in December. The project was funded by the ODOT Municipal Bridge program and City Drainage Fund.

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