September will bring some travel discomfort for those in Genoa using Buckeye Street.
Genoa officials are readying to embark on the fifth phase of the Northwest Area Storm Sewer Replacement Project.
The engineering work for the Buckeye Street project is in its final preparation stage, Rich Hertzfeld of Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling told Genoa Village Council recently.
Advertising will soon begin, allowing the village to select a contractor.
The central part of the project consists of installing a main 24-inch straight PVC pipe down the center of the road. If all goes well, the catch basins already located alongside the street can be utilized.
“We hope to simply be able to tie into them,” said Village Administrator Kevin Gladden.
The ultimate goal is to divert overflow waters from the nearby ditch to Packer Creek.
Should the weather cooperate, the project is expected to take three weeks to a month, he said.
All the while, contractors will have to maintain traffic. “It will basically be a dig and fill method,” Gladden said.
The street cannot be closed to local traffic because a sufficient alley system doesn’t exist behind the homes to handle consistent traffic flow.
A small grass alley exists behind homes on the east side of Buckeye Street and there is no alley behind the homes on the west side, Gladden explained.
The bulk of the project funding comes from a $293,000 Ohio Public Works Grant the village received final authorization for on July 1.
Village leaders are not sure what their stake will be in the final costs yet, Gladden said.
“We are going to see how far that $293,000 takes us,” he said, adding the village could chip in more costs to finish work along the entire street.