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Green Council awards bid for roundabouts

4/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

GREEN — Green is ready to go on an estimated $3.5 million project to make one high crash area safer for motorists.

In June, work officially will begin on the Lauby/Greensburg roads roundabout project, said city Engineer Paul Pickett.

At the April 22 meeting, Green City Council awarded an approximate $3.3 million contract to Wenger Excavating Inc. — the lowest of three bidders — for the project that will include the widening of Lauby Road.

Pickett explained the project was proposed in 2004 after the Akron Metropolitan Transportation Study identified Lauby and Greensburg as an intersection with a significant number of traffic accidents.

He said the city then hired a consultant to conduct a preliminary study on Lauby and Greensburg. A roundabout, as opposed to a traffic signal, was selected at the time as the appropriate means to make the intersection safer, the city engineer said.

Green was able to secure about $1 million in funding through the Ohio Department of Transportation to cover about 25 percent of the design work and roundabout construction costs, he said.

Once the project is complete, Lauby Road still will consist of one lane running in each direction, Pickett explained. The current median will be narrowed for the road to be widened from the inside, he said. This is being done so the current wetlands on the outside of Lauby Road remain undisturbed, he said. The road is being widened down to the airport interchange to allow for adequate paved shoulders for safety reasons, Pickett said.

The project also will consist of lighting on Lauby and around the one-lane roundabout, he said. The roundabout also will be landscaped, he added.

The intersection will be closed for 60 days for the project that is tentatively scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015, Pickett said.

He told Council the roadway is in need of reconstruction due to traffic congestion, specifically during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

The original scope of the project was changed when Diebold Inc. decided in the fall of 2012 not to construct a new complex to house its headquarters on Town Park Boulevard, off Lauby Road, Pickett said. At one time, the roundabout was going to have multiple lanes, he explained.

Also during the meeting, Council approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a contract with Richard Friedl, P.E., to update and complete the plat and improvement plans for the extension of Ironwood Drive from its current west terminus westward to intersect with Chenoweth Road. Councilman Skip Summerville (Ward 4) said the contract is for about $2,700.

The legislation will update 10-year-old engineering plans to construct a new portion of roadway, said Planning Director Wayne Wiethe. He added the work will be a future permanent improvement project for the city, most likely in 2015.

Additionally, Council OK’d a resolution authorizing the city to dispose of unneeded equipment and property through a public auction. Public Service Director Randall Monteith said the auction is scheduled for May 31, tentatively at 9 a.m. at the city’s storage facility at 1844 Greensburg Road. He said Councilman Bob Young (Ward 2), of Young’s Auction Service, volunteered to run the auction at no cost to the city.

During the Transportation, Connectivity and Stormwater Committee meeting, held prior to the regular meeting, Monteith told Council potholes are being repaired in the city. He said the city’s roadways “took a hit” during the winter months. A great deal of the repair work will be done in-house, he said. According to Monteith, the resurfacing program will go out for bid next month, with Moore, Sweitzer, Wise and Christman roads slated to be addressed.

Council also met in executive session between the committee meetings and regular meeting to interview two of three individuals — Julia Gabelman, Mary Tanner and Charles Schreckenberger — interested in filling an opening on the Historic Preservation Commission. Councilman Joel Reed (at large) said one individual could not meet April 22, so an additional interview will be conducted before the position officially is filled next month.

In other city business, the city’s Levi Hartong House and Farm, located at Southgate Park, soon will receive a conservation award by Summit County, Mayor Dick Norton announced. He said the historical site recently was restored to its original condition, depicting a working 19th-century farm homestead. Norton added grant money soon will be utilized to replace the roof and gutter system.

Council will meet May 13 for its next regular meeting, starting with committee meetings at 5 p.m. and the Council meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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