Bexley officials are considering whether a median at the intersection of Fair Avenue and Cassingham Road would improve safety for drivers and children walking to school at the Cassingham Complex.

Bexley officials are considering whether a median at the intersection of Fair Avenue and Cassingham Road would improve safety for drivers and children walking to school at the Cassingham Complex.

City council recently approved spending $3-million from the city's general fund to resurface and repair streets. Streets slated for improvements this year are Fair, Bryden, Powell, Ruhl, Stanberry, Plymouth and Elm.

Susan Quintenz, a member of the city's tree commission, said there has been discussion for several years about a median at Fair and Cassingham.

"We are partnering with the school (district) and (council's) safety committee to look at that in a thoughtful and detailed way," she said.

The intersection of Fair and Cassingham is the only portion of Fair without a median, service director Bill Harvey said.

"It is a confusing intersection," he said. "The streets do not match up properly."

Quintenz said Fair will undergo a rebuilding that should last 30 years, so it's a good time to seriously consider installing the median at Cassingham.

"They are actually going to tear up the street and begin from the bottom up," she said.

The city will hold a series of public meetings so the community can weigh in on the proposed median, Quintenz said. The tree commission will study the landscaping materials for the proposed median and make sure they are consistent with other medians on Fair Avenue, she said.

Barry Zwick, the school district's director of operations, said the district has not asked for a median at Fair and Cassingham, but school officials are evaluating the proposal.

"There haven't been any accidents there, (but) it doesn't mean there won't be," Superintendent Mike Johnson said. I don't see where it is going to hurt anything."

Fair was a good choice for this year's street repair program because it is in need of many repairs, Harvey said.

"It was part of our long-term plan to get to it this year or next year," he said.

Five contractors bid on this year's street repair program. The engineer's base estimate was $1.145-million, with an estimate of $1.416-million for Fair Avenue. The contract will be awarded to Newcomer Construction, with a base bid of $901,984 and a Fair Avenue bid of $1,104,887, for a total of $2,006,871, Harvey said. The city will go out to bid later in the year for the remaining funds approved by council, he said.