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Oregon City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company for preliminary engineering services for the Cedar Point Road relocation project.

“It’s an agreement with Norfolk Southern for them to proceed with the city’s design as well as their costs for engineering,” said Oregon Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The project calls for realigning Cedar Point Road, including relocating two rail spur crossings to the south, according to Roman. “So the scope of work would include abandoning the old rail crossing as well as establishing the new rail crossing. That is the basic alignment we have at this time. We’ve done some tweeking. There’s certainly some right of way acquisitioning that may alter a little bit of it. Things are moving forward.”

The purpose of the project is to accommodate future industrial growth for BP-Husky Refining and adjacent property owners.

The $5 million project will be funded by a $3 million grant from the Ohio Development Service Roadway Development Grant of $3 million. The local share will be split equally between BP-Husky Refining and the city.

Also at the meeting, council approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for funding from the Federal Highway Administration for engineering design, right of way acquisition and construction of State Route 2 (Navarre Avenue) safety improvements.

The city will receive up to 90 percent of funding (up to $2,418,000) for the $2,718,327 project from ODOT for engineering and construction costs, according to Roman.

“We have received proposals for this work, and we recommended a consultant to ODOT. It’s in ODOT’s hands for approval at this time. It’s likely in the near future I will bring an ordinance back for the actual design contract,” said Roman.

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.

Design of the project is scheduled to be completed this year. Right of way acquisitioning will occur in 2015, with the project going out to bid in 2016, according to 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).

Also at the meeting, City Administrator Mike Beazley noted that city officials have been working with a health care organization regarding its development on Navarre Avenue near Walmart.

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