Oregon last year began laying the groundwork for the expansion of the city’s wastewater treatment plant, a multi-million dollar project that will be done in two phases over five years.
The project, as required by the city’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the EPA, will increase the secondary treatment capacity of the wastewater treatment plant from 24 MGD to 36 MGD to eliminate secondary treatment bypasses and sanitary sewer collection system overflows during wet weather events.
Phase 1 project improvements consist of the replacement of two influent screens, replacement of three raw sewage pump motor drives, replacement of two blowers, full replacement of air piping and replacement of air diffusers in the aeration tanks and a dissolved oxygen control system, site restoration, and associated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition upgrades. The improvements are expected to improve energy efficiency and provide cost savings.
For Phase I, the city received a $700,000 loan and a $700,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). The local share is $7,612,000, which will be financed mostly by the Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. The city, the Northwest Sewer and Water District, and Lucas County will contribute toward the local share of the project. Public Service Director Paul Roman will apply for more funding for Phase 2.
Part of the project, which will cost over $15 million, will be paid by an increase in the sewer rate.
“Overall, everything is on schedule and going well,” Roman said at a recent council meeting.
Phase I will cost about $9 million, while Phase 2 will cost $6 million.
Other infrastructure projects last year include sanitary sewer rehabilitation Phase 2, which calls for replacing sanitary sewer lines located within the right of way of Cresceus Road, Mambrino Road, and Grasser Street between Pickle Road and Dearborn Avenue. The project also includes sanitary sewer lining on Wheeling Street between Navarre Avenue and Bleeker Street, and Pickle Road, between Grasser Street and Wheeling Street.
A new sanitary sewer was installed on Fink Street, between Patchen Road and Cresceus Road.
To provide additional flood relief, a new storm sewer was installed within the right of way of Fink Street, from the dead end east of Mambrino to the dead end west of Patchen Road. A new detention area was created at the east end of Fink Street to provide temporary flood storage, and eventually drain properties between Grasser Street and Mambrino Road.
The city received $900,000 in grant/loan funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) and a low interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to pay the estimated $2.3 million project cost.
Council hired Poggemeyer Design Group last year to provide professional engineering services for the final design and bidding for the Stadium Road Bikeway Phase 2 project.
Stadium Road Bikeway Phase 2 will connect the existing Municipal Complex Connector, currently ending on Corduroy Road on the Clay High School frontage, to the existing Stadium Road Bikeway that currently ends just north of Eagles Landing Drive. The bikeway will be a 7,300 feet long and 10-feet wide asphalt multi-use path along Stadium Road with two, five feet wide bike lanes along Corduroy Road..
The project is the last leg of the master plan of the main bikeway path that would go from Pearson Park to Maumee Bay State Park.
The estimated construction cost of the project is $525,000.
The city received a $440,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Federal Highway Administration to construct the project, which is expected this year.
The city last year started the first phase of a multi-phased improvement of Dustin Road, which serves a commercial area.
Dustin Road and Isaac Streets Drive for years have been in poor condition. Roman said last year that Dustin and Isaac Streets are among the worst roads in the city.
Dustin Road Phase 1 consists of replacing approximately 1,247 feet of the existing “6” concrete pavement with a new “8” concrete pavement. The project will also include curbing, underdrains, curb inlet adjustments, driveway approaches, and sidewalk, including ADA-compliant curb ramps.
The rest of Dustin Road is expected to be reconstructed in two more phases throughout this year and 2014. The estimated cost of the additional phases to finish Dustin Road is approximately $950,000.
In addition to improving Dustin Road, the intersection of Coy and Dustin will be improved in 2014 through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) (80/20 grant), according to Roman.
Also last year, roads projects approved by council include the repair of roadway base failures, deteriorated concrete joints and deteriorated surface defects at various locations, including:
• Navarre Avenue – Stadium Road to the railroad underpass;
• Starr Avenue – West corporation limit to Wheeling Street;
• Brown Road – Woodville Road to Wheeling Street;
• Oregon Municipal Complex;
• S. Eastmoreland Boulevard – Coy Road to Edward;
• Pickle Road – Woodville Road to the railroad tracks.
In this year’s capital improvements budget is the Flood Relief & Erosion Control project, estimated to cost $5,830,835. Local funding sources include $2,435,418 from BP/Husky, the city’s partner on the project, a $900,000 grant from the OPWC, a $900,000 loan from the OPWC, and $1,595,417 from the city.
Other projects include:
• The Navarre Avenue sidewalk improvement project (from Coy to Lallendorf), estimated to cost $112,000;
• The Wheeling Street Bridge over Otter Creek, at a cost of $735,000. The city will fund $159,000 while the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will fund $576,000.
• Safe Routes to School Program at Pickle and Starr, estimated to cost $278,000. The project will be funded by a $240,000 Safe Routes to School grant from ODOT. The city will pay the $38,000 balance.
• The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, sewer lining and storm improvements, estimated to cost $88,000