Gahanna City Council is considering legislation that would improve public safety along Mill Street.

Gahanna City Council is considering legislation that would improve public safety along Mill Street.

City engineer Karl Wetherholt has requested permission to bid on a project to upgrade and improve crosswalks at Mill and Granville streets and Mill and Town streets.

He said the crosswalk at the Mill and Granville intersection has a brick sidewalk, and the base under that is getting "squirrely."

"It needs improved and upgraded to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards," Wetherholt said.

At Mill and Town, he said, pedestrians are standing on the sidewalk and cars are parked on Mill Street. The bump-out would extend to where parked cars are.

"Pedestrians could see southbound traffic coming at them," he said. "It's in need of repairs and to be upgraded to comply with ADA accessibility standards."

Wetherholt said the crosswalk would provide improved access to the Creekside area.

"The reconfiguration will improve pedestrian sight distance and will shorten the crosswalk at the Mill and Town intersection," he said.

Council member Jamie Leeseberg said a resident recently complained to him about pedestrians trying to see past parked cars. He said he supports the proposal.

"We want to make a bump-out so pedestrians can see southbound traffic and feel like they're safe on the curb," Wetherholt said.

He's also requesting a supplemental appropriation from the Water Capital Fund and authorization to waive the formal bidding requirements because of special circumstances in connection with the Shops at Rocky Fork private development.

Wetherholt said the Shops on South Hamilton Road, at the intersection of Rocky Fork South, would include extensive landscaping and sidewalks in the lawn strip along Hamilton.

During a preconstruction meeting, the city's field staff noted that the existing waterline in the lawn strip is asbestos cement pipe.

"Once the landscaping is installed, it will be more difficult to access the line to make repairs," Wetherholt said. "We have asked the contractor for the project to provide a price for replacing the waterline as a part of the development project. This is an efficient solution since they will already be mobilized and restoration will not be included."

Whenever the city has a road-widening project, Wetherholt said, Gahanna tries to plan ahead and removes any asbestos pipe when possible.

Council is considering a contract with Nickolas Savko & Sons at a cost of $115,470 for the replacement of the waterline.

"We have had considerable experience with Savko on both public and private projects," Wetherholt said.

Council will consider the legislation to be passed as emergency to prevent delays.