FAIRBORN — As the temperatures outside begin to increase, road construction equipment starts to fire up making the spring and summer months in Ohio become synonymous with “road construction season” — and the City of Fairborn is no exception.
It is in the midst of planning long-term construction ventures in the coming years, as well as preparing for some road projects citizens will see start in the coming months.
This year’s projects
The city is awaiting final approval from the Ohio Department of Transportation before starting the bidding process to widen and lay 0.33 miles of new pavement down on Dayton Drive. Widening Dayton Drive will also complete construction that has recently taken place along Main Street in addition to lowering the intersection where Dayton Drive meets Maple Avenue meet.
“[Widening Dayton Drive] is full reconstruction, same thing to what we did on Ohio and Wright Streets where we took all the curb and pavement base out and built an all new road and curb,” Fairborn City Engineer Don O’Connor said.
The project is expected to begin in late May or early June, aiming to be completed before Fairborn City Schools begins the 2017-2018 school year. The project is expected to restrict traffic to one direction for a few weeks throughout the entire duration of the construction, although plans could change as the projects gets underway.
“Our plan through the majority of construction is to maintain traffic in both directions,” O’Connor said.
The project is expected to cost $1,206,265. The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission is funding $504,572, while the Ohio Public Works Commission will provide $400,000, leaving Fairborn to pay the remaining $301,693.
The orange construction barrels will not be limited to the Dayton Drive widening project, as Vectren is expected to replace more gas lines throughout the city as the temperatures warm up. O’Connor said the amount of work Vectren plans to do this year is higher compared to previous years.
“There will be a lot of orange barrels and trucks on city streets this year but the majority of them are Vectren,” O’Connor said. “There’s two entities out there getting in their way.”
The 2017 street program will additionally continue. More information about which specific streets will undergo upgrades can be found by visiting http://bit.ly/2neNuAu.
Reach Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.