City awards Colonel Glenn Highway construction contract

By Amanda Crowe acrowe@civitasmedia.com

March 1, 2014

FAIRBORN — A $1.4 million construction project is slated to begin this spring to improve the condition of Colonel Glenn Highway.

Fairborn council members awarded a construction services contract last Monday to R.B. Jergens Contractors, Inc. of Vandalia, in the amount of $1,460,500 for the Colonel Glenn Highway Improvements Project. The original bid price was $1,390,337.56, but due to the complexity of the project, Engineering Division staff recommended including a five percent contingency.

The city was awarded a $400,000 Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant in July 2013. This will cover 27 percent of the project with the remaining balance coming from the street levy and County Motor Vehicle Tax funds.

“Due to the timing and complexity of the project, we held off until this spring so we wouldn’t have that project open over the winter and we can complete it in one construction season,” said Civil Engineer Lee Harris.

A pre-construction meeting with the contractor has been scheduled for March 18. They will determine a proposed time line for construction at that time.

“We will probably wait until it warms up a little bit. It looks like it’s going to be pretty cold for a while,” Harris said. “They may end up starting at the end of March, depending on the weather, with completion in late November.”

The construction will take place along the section of Colonel Glenn Highway from the west corporation limit to Paramount Place. More than 22,000 vehicles travel on this section of roadway per day. This section was last paved in 2002.

“We will be milling off the existing asphalt surface so we can get down to the concrete base underneath the roadway,” Harris said. “After we can inspect the concrete base we’ll be able to see what repairs are needed on the concrete base so that we can have a long-lasting street after we go back and resurface over top of that.”

A major part of the project will be installing a stress absorbing membrane interlayer (SAMI) over the concrete base.

“This is going to help prevent the cracks from the concrete base from reflecting up through to the top asphalt,” said Harris.

The project will also include:

  • Replacing concrete curb and gutter on north side.
  • Upgrading ADA curb ramps for compliance.
  • Constructing new curb and gutter and storm inlets on south side.
  • Constructing three concrete curbed islands, each 250-feet long.
  • Adding sidewalk on south side at western end of project.
  • Resurfacing entire pavement with new asphalt.
  • Re-striping pavement with thermoplastic markings.
  • Installing a sidewalk from west corporation limit to University Boulevard.

The median islands will include water and conduit for electric for future aesthetic improvements such as landscaping. A total of $93,000 will come from the Water Construction Fund for these water lines.

During the Feb. 17 council meeting, Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick reported that he had spoken with Wright State University President David Hopkins regarding this project.

“The university is very excited about this. They’re glad to see it’s happening, they’re just concerned about how it’s going to affect traffic,” Kirkpatrick said. “He (Hopkins) is really interested in making that area of Fairborn there, where the shops and restaurants are, more accessible to students and I think this is a giant step forward in making that happen.”

Traffic will be maintained in both directions throughout the project. Access will be limited for short periods of time at various intersections while work is progressing through them. Executive Park Boulevard will be closed for a period of time. Motorists will need to use University Boulevard and Center Park Boulevard during that time. Flaggers and/or police officers will be employed as necessary.

Amanda Crowe may be reached at 878-3993 ext. 134.