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Oregon City Council last Monday approved professional engineering services to Tetra Tech for the design of the Wheeling Street Bridge Replacement project, in an amount not to exceed $62,000.

The two lane bridge goes over Otter Creek, between Starr Avenue and Seaman Road, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The $750,000 project is being funded mostly through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Municipal Bridge Program, according to Roman. “We received a grant in which ODOT will pay 80 percent of construction, and we have a 20 percent local match,” he said. The project is expected to start in the summer of 2012.

Most of our other construction is done for the year,” he added. “This is probably one of our biggest construction years ever. But a lot of our work is done. We still have some projects going on through the winter. Right now, we’re just going through the budget process for future capital improvements. A lot of it is stuff we couldn’t finish this year. About one third of the projects are just carrying over from 2010. I don’t have as many projects next year as I have had in the past.”

Major projects, such as the Wheeling Street widening project, between Navarre Avenue and Brown Road, and the Big Ditch project on Stadium Road, are ongoing and will continue through next year, said Roman.

The $800,000 Big Ditch project entails enclosing the ditch along Stadium Road. To compensate for closing the ditch, the city had to provide stream and wetland mitigation. To do that, the city provided open channels or streams through South Shore Park, and along a few farmers’ fields along Stadium Road. Most of the work is completed.

“We’ll still be enclosing the ditch along Stadium throughout the winter and spring months. It’s scheduled for completion in June,” said Roman.

“It’s very attractive. We have received a lot of complements on it. Sometimes it’s hard for people to believe it’s really a drainage project. They think it’s a park project,” said Roman.

The $10 million Wheeling Street widening project mainly involves widening the road further to the east between Brown and Navarre.

“We started that work last spring. Most of the work has been road work. But this winter, in February, they will close the Wheeling Street bridge over I-280 will close for up to seven to nine months. We are planning to use Dearborn, between Wheeling and Navarre, as a detour,” said Roman.

Three-fourths of the project is funded through ODOT, he added. “We also received an additional $1.3 million of stimulus money to go into that project.”

Upcoming projects include sanitary sewer rehabilitation in 2011 and 2012, and the multi-phase Oregon Flood and Erosion Control Project, which will improve the ditch along Wynn Road, between Bay Shore and Cedar Point roads. The project calls for the ditch to be relocated to protect the road.

The city has applied for a $450,000 grant and a $450,000 zero interest loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to fund the Oregon Flood and Erosion Control Project, said Roman. The city is also partnering with BP-Husky on the project.

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