Wilmington streets getting makeovers

WILMINGTON – The City of Wilmington has announced details on multiple street and sidewalk projects for the fall.

The Board of Control considered contracts for the 2017 Street Improvement Program on Friday, Aug.25. This program marks the first stage of a multi-year street rehabilitation program for the city, designed to tackle substantial deferred maintenance issues the city stated in a Tuesday press release.

This year’s improvements focus on the northwest quadrant of the city and include street resurfacing, crack sealing, and intersection safety improvements. The 2017 Street Improvement Program will begin within the next two weeks and will continue through the end of the year.

The paving contract was awarded to Belgray, Inc. for full-surface repaving of Dana Avenue, Farquhar Avenue, Kenyon Drive, Richardson Place, and Ruby Avenue. Due to the unanticipated high cost of microsurfacing, the city opted to expand the full-surface repaving instead of paying an unnecessary premium for microsurfacing.

Woodside Drive and Westwynd Circle, originally set for microsurfacing, will be repaved.

Fulton Avenue’s received bid was substantially over the engineer’s estimate and was not awarded.

After much consultation with the city’s engineer, additional streets were added to the 2017 full-surface repaving schedule: Quiet Creek Court, Yukon Court, Gibraltar Drive, and portions of Lakewood Drive. The city chose these streets as the best use of resources based on street quality rating, mobilization cost, and limiting traffic disruptions.

Also awarded to Belgray was a substantial safety improvement project to the intersection of Xenia and Lorish Avenue.

Another intersection project, at Nelson and Wayne, was not awarded — the bid was 20 percent more than the city had anticipated. The intersection may be eligible for funding sources through an ODOT safety improvement grant and the city will pursue those funds.

Additionally, the city awarded Howland Asphalt the crack-sealing treatment bid for approximately 50 city streets.

Other projects

Other projects currently underway in the city include repaving of South South Street (US Route 68) from the southern corporation limit to Main Street, and SR 134 (Lorish/Lincoln) from the intersection of South Street to the northern corporation limit.

This project is part of the ODOT Urban Repaving Project and is scheduled for completion by Oct. 30.

Sidewalk, curb and ramps are being constructed on Truesdell Street from Randolph Street to Holmes Elementary School as part of the ODOT Safe Routes to School. Project completion is anticipated by Sept. 30.

The city is also installing portions of sidewalk on Ruby Avenue and on South South Street this fall.

Finally, the city is planning to replace a culvert on Nelson Avenue. This project is temporarily delayed while the city pursues grant opportunities to defray costs.

Questions regarding the projects may be made to the Office of the Director of Public Service at 937-382-6509.

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