AURORA — Nearly a dozen roads or parts of roads will be repaved before this year’s construction season ends, and design work will start on a plan to integrate all the traffic signals in town.
A $1.06 million contract for 2018 road repaving and a $543,000 contract for engineering for the citywide traffic signalization project were among four pacts approved by city council on Monday.
Chagrin Valley Paving Inc. will perform the repaving work after city officials said its bid was the lowest of four received. The money will come from two city road and bridge levies.
TMS Engineers Inc. will do the signalization project engineering. The city is responsible for all of the engineering costs, with the contract spread out over two to three years, with $301,650 budgeted this year.
Roads to be repaved this year are Moneta Avenue; Dora, Bonnie, Wisperwood and Naomi lanes; Treat, North Bissell (Routes 82 to 43) and South Bissell (Route 82 to West Pioneer Trail) roads; Greenbriar and Tinkers Creek drives; and the Wellington subdivision entrance apron.
City Engineer Justin Czekaj said some of those roads will include full-depth repairs, and Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin added Service Director Harry Stark has taken a different approach to the road repaving and repairs program which should bring about positive results.
Womer Benjamin announced earlier this year the city was awarded Surface Transportation Block Grant funds through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study for the $4.9 million signalization project.
The city must come up with 20 percent — an estimated $880,000 — of the total construction cost.
The project, which is scheduled to take place in 2021, will create a central-based system that will allow traffic signals to communicate with each other, thus ensuring more efficient traffic movement throughout the city.
Poles, controllers and signal heads will be replaced, and pedestrian upgrades will be implemented.
“We are excited about the prospect of modernizing our signalization system to streamline traffic flow, and appreciate the support from AMATS,” the mayor said.
The two other contracts awarded were to the GPD Group ($47,630) for Phase 2 of a Sunny Lake dam study (hydraulic analysis, geotechnical investigation and emergency action plan) and Snavely Excavating ($114,719) for relocation of a waterline across the Aurora Commons property.
Czekaj said the completion of the dam study and a review by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will allow the city to move ahead with engineering for any necessary repair or replacement of outlet structures.
Funds for the dam study will come from the capital improvements fund and money for the waterline relocation project will come from the water capital fund.
At council’s committee of the whole meeting prior to the regular session, members removed a proposed contract for the Route 43-East Pioneer Trail turn lane project from the agenda because bids came in too high. The project will be rebid.
Womer Benjamin said under state law bids cannot come in more than 10 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate. “Hopefully, we can have the new bids ready for action at council’s July 16 meeting,” she noted.
Finance Director Tim Clymer reported he has been elected one of nine members of the Regional Income Tax Agency’s board of trustees, and Law Director Dean DePiero said a fact-finding hearing has been scheduled in association with union negotiations for service department workers.
Ordinances moving on to third readings at council’s July 9 meeting are contracts with Easy Sign ($16,170) for new city entrance signs and Axon ($44,370) for 15 new Taser X26s units, plus a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement for Sean and Mary Barbina for improvements at 59 S. Chillicothe Road.
Heading to second reading is a contract with Pond King Inc. ($16,546) for a new 10-by-20-foot aluminum dock with a 20-foot walkway and rails for the pond at the city’s Spring Hill property on East Pioneer Trail.
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org