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College Avenue

Crews nearing the end of long road for project

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Chris Massie with John Eramo & Sons Inc works on College Avenue between Astor and Livingston Avenue on Oct. 25. Crews are trying to complete the project by November.

The long-awaited reopening of College Avenue is within sight.

Bexley Service Director Bill Harvey said work on the street, which has been closed from Main Street to Livingston Avenue since May, is on schedule.

The $2 million project has involved the installation of a new water line on College Avenue from Main Street to Livingston Avenue; a complete rebuild of the street; and replacement of curbs and gutters on most of the 1-mile stretch.

"It is a pretty extensive project," Harvey said. "It costs a little over $2 million. Most of it, about 75 percent, was paid for with grants."

Harvey said the project is being completed in two phases.

"We started the first part of the street, from Main to Astor, in May, right after Capital University's commencement," he said. "We did that section completely and then started on the Astor-to-Livingston portion."

Harvey said the project remains on schedule and College Avenue should reopen later this month.

"We are still expecting to be done in mid-November," he said. "We were hoping it would be a little bit sooner but it looks like mid-November will be the right time. The actual contract was set for Nov. 17. We're pretty much right on target."

Harvey said College Avenue handles a significant number of cars on a daily basis when fully open.

"It does handle a lot of Capital University traffic and a lot of people use it as a pass-through running down to U.S. Route 33," he said.

Harvey said the city has attempted to minimize disruptions to residents during the construction.

"It has been somewhat of an inconvenience to our residents just because it ties up a main thoroughfare, but it's something I think everyone will be happy with once it's done. It will be a much better street and it should last for 25 years or longer.

"College Avenue residents have had limited access," he said. "For example, right now we're doing the Astor-to-Livingston section and we're putting stone down at the end of each day so they can get into their driveways."