Hilliard Northwest News

Part of Heritage Trail will close daily for repairs


Repairs to the section of the Heritage Trail west of Cosgray Road and south of Hayden Run Road are scheduled to begin after Labor Day.

Hilliard will repair transverse cracks in the pavement by cutting out damaged sections and replacing them with new asphalt, said Butch Seidle, the city's public-services director.

The affected section of the leisure trail will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The project is not expected to exceed 10 weekdays, Seidle said, and could be completed sooner.

The city is funding the work but the cost is not yet known, Seidle said.

It is unknown how many hours of labor and material ultimately will be required, Seidle said.

In another matter concerning the Heritage Trail, a flashing light to alert drivers on Cosgray Road to the trail crossing will not be installed this year.

The city received only one bid, Seidle said, and it was about 80 percent higher than the estimate the Ohio Department of Transportation solicited -- well more than the city's 10 percent limit.

"The bid won't be awarded," Seidle said.

The estimate was $83,121. The lone bid for the project, from Complete General Construction, was $141,801, Seidle said.

ODOT was to pay for construction of the light, but the city had set aside a maximum of $25,000 for associated costs, Seidle said.

Seidle said officials from the city and ODOT would confer about the discrepancy between the estimate and the received bid.

The project is expected to be rebid, Seidle said, but would be delayed until next year.