Oregon City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance to allow Mayor Mike Seferian to submit an application for a $468,113 Transportation Enhancement Grant to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) to help fund the Navarre Avenue Beautification Project.
The grant would help the city enhance Navarre Avenue from the CSX railroad to Coy Road.
The city will commit $117,028, or 20 percent toward the $585,141 project.
The project consists of replacing the existing unsightly gravel shoulders on Navarre Avenue just west of the I-280 exit ramp to the CSX railroad with bioswales, a five-foot wide paved shoulder, a permeable concrete strip, and a five- foot wide sidewalk, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
The project will also include landscape lighting and decorative stone for the green space at the I-280 exit ramp. Decorative street lighting will be added to the existing pedestals on the north side of Navarre Avenue between Wheeling Street and Coy Road.
The proposed bioswales will be designed to remove roadway pollutants before the runoff enters Otter Creek. The bioswales will also be planted with native plant species, which biologically aid in the breakdown of certain pollutants while enhancing the look of the corridor. The design will also make use of an 18-inch strip of permeable concrete adjacent to the edge of the pavement.
“There’s really three parts or elements to this project,” Roman said. “The first is the landscaped area along Navarre both north and south between I-280 and the CSX railroad underpass.”
Toledo Edison has also pledged to remove poles from the right of way at the site, he said.
“We can put in a landscaped area in place of that,” he said. “What we’re proposing is a rain garden, some additional pavement, and a sidewalk, which is complimentary to the project. When you apply for an enhancement grant, you want to show there are multiple benefits to the project.”
The second part is the city’s application for an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) gateway grant for the exit ramp on Navarre from southbound I-280, he said.
“That gateway grant pays for plantings, but that’s the farthest that it goes,” he said. “So this grant, as a second part of that, would help pay for landscaping rock, lighting and possibly irrigation to complement that gateway project.”
The third part of the project is to install decorative lighting on the north side of Navarre Avenue between Wheeling and Coy roads.
“When we widened Navarre Avenue between Coy and Wheeling, there was a conflict with the original proposed street lighting for that section of road,” said Roman. “The result is all new lighting strictly on the south side of Navarre. But up until that point, light pedestals as well as existing wiring were installed as part of the project, and they’ve been there ever since. We would simply be purchasing the decorative poles to work with the pedestals that we already have. The idea here would be to make them decorative. There are definitely some dark spots along Navarre, in particular for pedestrians who walk the north side. So there are three different items packed under one application.”