Written by Kelly Kaczala
March 10, 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 a roadway improvement program this year, which consists of resurfacing and/or repair of various streets throughout the city. The $800,000 project will include asphalt resurfacing, pavement planning, base repairs, underdrains, catch basin adjustments, and curb replacements.
“As we emerge from the recession, the city is really ratcheting up its capital expenditures on roads,” Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley said on Wednesday. “I think it’s going to be the largest local road expenditure budget we’ve had that anyone can remember in the city’s history.”
Mayor Mike Seferian said the city may reevaluate the program and provide additional funds to repair roads due to the harsh winter.
“We have a very handsome road program this year. But we may add funds from our rainy day fund so it may grow even bigger. We have that latitude to do something like that,” said Seferian.
Also planned this year is an $800,000 waterline replacement program consisting of 6,000 feet of new waterline will be a multi year plan that will “improve the physical infrastructure to meet the taxpayer’s needs,” said Beazley.
Additional infrastructure programs scheduled this year, according to Roman, include:
- 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.
- 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 will 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, expected to be completed in December, will also improve plant efficiency by reducing energy costs.
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