TWINSBURG — City Council is considering awarding a contract to the GPG Group for engineering services related to a future $8 million Route 91-Interstate 480 interchange project.
A resolution to award the contract for geotechnical and environmental engineering and a feasibility study has been discussed at recent Council meetings, but no action was taken. Council was to meet again Dec. 12.
According to the resolution, the engineering work would not exceed $452,380, with $45,238 as the city’s share. The remainder would come from an Ohio Department of Public Safety Grant (federal funds).
City Engineer Amy Mohr said the project will not proceed until 2022 or 2023. Its purpose is to reduce congestion and improve operational safety at the interchange.
She said the city completed a transportation improvement assessment for central Twinsburg in March 2016, and the interchange project was one of the recommendations.
The city has received $3 million in Ohio highway safety improvement funds toward the cost of the project, and has applied to the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant.
Mohr said survey work in the contract will be used by the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide drainage improvement within the interchange to help address flooding that occurs during significant rain events.
In other business, Council recently OK’d a change order in the design services contract with Perspectus Architecture for alterations to the kitchen and outdoor patio area at the new golf clubhouse. The work amounts to an additional $23,200.
Council approved an agreement with Twinsburg Townshhip to extend fire protection and emergency medical services. Township trustees ratified the contract in October.
The pact would require the township to pay $1.9 million for three years, compared to the current $1.79 million, with a breakdown of $621,642 in 2018; $634,075 in 2019; and $646,756 in 2020.
Mayor Ted Yates reported the city is waiting on a final report from an engineering firm relative to the Route 91 and Glenwood Boulevard roundabout. He said it will include recommendations for safety upgrades.
He also thanked the service department, other city workers and residents for their help in cleaning up the mess left by the Nov. 5 windstorm.
Yates reported that as of Dec. 5 city crews were still chipping branches from the Nov. 5 storm and picking up leaves. He said 1,600 cubic yards of material has been collected from the storm, with 4,200 branch pickup stops and 3,200 leaf stops made.
Councilman Bill Furey reported a dues-paying Friends of Twinsburg Parks group is being created to raise funds for park and trail upgrades. He said the group got a $1,700 anonymous donation to start up the group.
Furey said the parks and rec department plans to rectify some WiFi connection problems at the fitness center, where patrons have encountered dead spots. Increasing the bandwidth should correct the problems, he said.
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