Oregon City Council recently approved an agreement with Quality Control Inspection, Inc., for $49,146 to provide construction management and inspection services during the construction of the Pearson Park Connector Bikeway Project, which is currently underway.
The 5,300-foot long, 10-foot wide asphalt surface path will extend from Lallendorf to Wynn roads on the north side of Starr Avenue on Pearson Metropark property, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. The project is funded with a Transportation Enhancement Grant, which pays for 80 percent of construction. The city and the Toledo Area Metroparks will each pay half of the local share for the project. Estimated construction costs for the project is $380,000.
The scope of the project includes a “zig-zag” railroad crossing of the Norfolk Southern Railroad, drainage, pedestrian ramps, pavement markings, storm culverts, grading, seeding, pavement markings, signage, and maintenance of traffic.
“We asked ODOT [Ohio Department of Transportation) if they would allow for construction inspection services to be part of the grant because our bids came in lower on the construction side. ODOT agreed to that,” said Roman.
Council accepted the bid of Diversified Road & Pipe, Inc., Whitehouse, for $288,807.65 last January to construct the path.
The city also has the Municipal Complex Connector bike path, and the Stadium Road bike path.
The Municipal Complex Connector bike path, which is complete, consists of a 10-foot wide path that connects Pearson Park to the City Municipal Complex and Clay High School. The path starts at the Wynn Road and Starr Avenue intersection and ends at Corduroy Road, near Stadium Road (1.7 miles). Both phases of the Municipal Complex Connector were funded with Transportation Enhancement Grants, which paid 80 percent of construction costs, according to Roman. The construction cost for the project was $655,000.
The Stadium Road bike path is the last phase to ultimately connect Maumee Bay State park to Pearson Metropark. The path is also 10 feet wide and will extend along the west side of Stadium Road from Corduroy Road to Eagles Landing Drive. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase and will not be constructed until 2012/2013. The project has also been awarded a Transportation Enhancement Grant, which pays 80 percent of construction up to $440,000. The estimated cost of construction is $550,000.
The city’s master plan calls for Phase 3 of the Bay Shore Road bikeway, a path that would connect the senior center to Wynn School. Phase 1, a 10-foot off road path constructed in 1999, extends from Maumee Bay to Southshore Park. Phase 2, an eight-foot off road path constructed in 2001, extends from Lagundovie to Stadium roads.
The master plan also proposes a Wynn Road walkway, which would provide a buffer from the industrial district and Eagles Landing golf course and subdivision; and a proposed bike path across the Craig Bridge.