Busy 2018 planned for Church Street

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

The Village of Swanton will have a major year of infrastructure improvements in 2018. The street receiving the most improvements will be Church Street.

Swanton Council last Monday heard more about 2018 constructions plans on Church Street. Work will be done in two phases with one including sewer separation.

“There are two independent projects which will take place on Church Street,” said Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. “It is important to stress that these projects are independent of each other, as there may be two different contractors working on them, as well as their timelines and funding sources are different.”

The first phase will be reconstructing the street from Lincoln Avenue to just east of Crestwood Drive, a distance of about 1,100 feet. The proposed improvements will consist of reconstructing the pavement and widening it to 24 feet. Curb and gutter will be added to control and collect storm drainage.

Sidewalks will be replaced and/or added where necessary. New storm sewer inlets will be provided which will tie into the existing storm sewers as much as possible. There will also be minor adjustments to the horizontal alignment.

Tim Bock of Poggemeyer Design Group was at the council meeting to discuss the project with the village. He was seeking council’s opinion on street parking. Currently, on some properties, vehicles park in the area known as a tree lawn, which is the area between the sidewalk and the street.

There are two properties where residents currently do not have any other place to park.

“These folks need parking,” said Swanton Mayor Ann Roth. “They don’t have parking behind them.”

Council agreed that village officials should reach out to the property owners to see if a driveway can be put in on their property. This could ensure residents have a place to park while also addressing the safety issue of having vehicles parked in the tree lawn, especially near an elementary school.

The estimated project cost for this work is $439,000. The village is receiving half of the funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission. The balance of the project will be paid for with village funds. Bidding for this project will be in late winter/early spring 2018.

Construction is anticipated to take approximately 6-8 weeks. “The hope is to not interfere with the school year as much as possible but this will be contingent on bidding date, weather, and contractor time line,” said Hoelzle.

The second phase is part of the sewer separation project that also includes Lawrence Avenue, Harrison Avenue, and a small part of East Garfield Avenue. The Church Street portion is from just east of Crestwood Drive to Hallett Avenue.

This project is mainly a sewer separation project with road improvements to the section of Church Street within the project being secondary. Village officials have asked to have the road construction portion include curb and gutters so the entire street can be continuous with this look, according to Hoelzle.

The village applied for $175,000 from the Ohio Public Commission and is awaiting a final decision on whether the amount was awarded. The total project cost is estimated to be $1.4 million, which is the entire project, not just the Church Street portion.

A portion of this cost will be paid for by the village, and Hoelzle said she anticipates the rest will be covered by a loan. Loan and local fund figures will not be calculated exactly until the bid has been awarded.

The project must be completed by November 2018.

“Village officials are aware that, at times, it may be inconvenient due to the construction, but many of these projects are based on outside funding sources and construction must occur when the funding becomes available,” Hoelzle said.

Public forums are planned for early 2018 to discuss the projects for the year and receive public input.

By Drew Stambaugh


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