AURORA — Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin has reported a number of city infrastructure projects have been completed and others are continuing. The city has budgeted nearly $7 million this year for capital improvement projects and purchases.

The East Pioneer Trail widening just east of Route 43 finished up about July 1. The mayor said Burton Scot Contracting carried out the widening at a cost of $239,871, and the project "went extremely well."

The widening was between the access driveway to Aurora Memorial Library and Route 43. It added a lane so vehicles can more easily make left and right turns and go straight across Route 43.

Womer Benjamin reported a culvert replacement on Chelmsford Drive has been completed by Fabrizi Trucking at a cost of $378,000. A 4-by-16-foot single box culvert was installed.

"That area has experienced drainage problems for years, and hopefully this culvert, along with one installed on Chatham Drive last year, will help to mitigate some of those," she said.

The Chatham Drive project was done by DiGioia Construction for $391,560.

Womer Benjamin said the city’s 2019 road resurfacing program finished up "in record time" this year. The following roads were repaved: Hampton Circle, Aurora-Hudson, Circlewood, Aurora Lake, Prestige Woods and Regal Oaks Circle.

Other paving and repair projects were at the Walker Building, Fire Station I, Westerly sewage treatment plant, Mennonite Road at Route 43 and on Route 43 in front of Miller School.

A contract for the repaving was awarded to Ronyak Paving Inc. of Burton at a cost of $1.02 million. A culvert under Aurora-Hudson Road also was replaced earlier this summer.

A collapsed stormwater pipe at East Boulevard, Orchard Avenue and Route 43 recently was replaced by Fabrizi Trucking & Paving Co. The final cost was about $70,000. The collapse had caused a sinkhole in VFW Post 2629’s parking lot.

In the Geauga Lake area, the California Street reconstruction is nearly finished from Lake Street to about 800 feet past East Boulevard, a distance of about 3/?4-mile.

"Some punch-list items still remain there," Womer Benjamin said. "It was a tough project, and there were some issues with water caps being covered up and ditching."

Since the project involves work in Aurora and Reminderville, the latter’s Council awarded the contract to Smith Concrete LLC at a cost of $1.07 million.

Reminderville is paying $364,677, some of which comes from a road levy, and Aurora is paying $350,000, with $358,937 coming from an Ohio Public Works Commission grant.

Reminderville also entered into a contract with OHM Advisors for construction administration, management and inspection services at a cost not to exceed $55,000.

Womer Benjamin said parking lot expansion has been completed at the Hartman athletic complex on Townline Road, and the city continues to work with a contractor on electrical service, security lighting and restrooms / shelters there.

Sidewalk work continues along South Chillicothe Road, south of Aurora-Hudson, with easements recently obtained. In addition to a sidewalk on the east side of the road, gaps are being filled on the west side.

An easement was obtained from Anna Maria of Aurora so traffic signals can be put up at Route 43 and Treat Road. The mayor said work is expected to start in late 2019 or early 2020. "It will solve a lot of residents’ concerns over safety at that intersection," she said.

Weather has delayed completion of the new tennis and pickleball courts on school property between Harmon School and Veterans Stadium.

According to district facilities manager Sal Arquilla, Nagle Athletic Surfaces should have the project completed by mid-August at a cost of $317,053, with the city chipping in $100,000 of that amount.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or