Delays hamper Swanton projects


Staff Report



Work continues on the new storm sewer on Church Street on Monday morning.

Work continues on the new storm sewer on Church Street on Monday morning.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Individuals delays have impacted each of the major constructions projects in Swanton this summer.

Village officials say they understand delays can affect travel routes and access. Further, contractors adjusted traffic patterns to allow for safe and efficient work zones.

The road improvement project on Church Street from Lincoln Avenue to Crestwood Drive is near completion. A delay on this project centered on the sub-grade of the road. On one of the first days of construction, contractors and engineers found the sub-grade to be in worse condition than predicted, according to village officials.

This caused a few days of delay to work on rectifying the situation.

Further, on Aug. 6 an old asbestos-cement (transite) water line broke. This break has caused the project to stall in order to locate a contractor to do the work; the contractor for the road project is not equipped to do such work.

On Friday, Aug. 10, Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle authorized water line work with a different contractor. The earliest this work can occur is the week of Aug. 20. School begins on Aug 21.

The village administrator communicated all this information to the Swanton Local Schools superintendent. Village officials understand this unforeseen break will now cause major inconveniences for school traffic. Engineers estimate this work and paving will be complete the week of Labor Day.

The major delay with the Garfield Avenue bridge replacement centered on utility relocation. It took Toledo Edison a few weeks to relocate their lines when contractors anticipated it would only take a week, according to a village release. Work began on July 16 with preparation and water line relocation.

With the major delays, the contractor estimates project completion in early December.

With the sewer separation project, the contractor laid sanitary lines and connected house laterals on Church Street the week of Aug. 12. Now, the contractor will lay storm sewer, which the contractor estimates will be complete by the week of Aug. 26.

The project will then head to Lawrence and Harrison avenues. This project is running just a couple days behind schedule and the contractor estimates completion in mid-November 2018.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make the Village of Swanton a great place to live, work, and play,” the release said.

Work continues on the new storm sewer on Church Street on Monday morning.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/08/web1_Sewer-Work-Church.jpgWork continues on the new storm sewer on Church Street on Monday morning. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

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