Three projects in Licking County are slated to receive money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Three projects in Licking County are slated to receive money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
Newark will receive $1.8-million for the Deo Drive-Waterworks Road alignment project. The state will spend $450,000 to pave about two miles of High Street (Old state Route 79) in Hebron. The state will fork over $100,000 to repair the railroad crossing on state Route 79, just north of O'Neill Drive and the Newark Ohio Industrial Park.
Sandie Mapel, technical study director for the Licking County Area Transportation Study (LCATS), said LCATS contributed $1-million to the Newark Deo Drive-Waterworks Road alignment.
Newark Mayor Bob Diebold said the project is estimated to cost $3.1-million.
"We were going to borrow money through the state's infrastructure bank," Diebold said. "That lowers the amount we have to request so we can put more money into the next project."
The Deo Drive-Waterworks alignment is expected to alleviate traffic congestion in the area. The city plans to bring the end of Waterworks Road south to align with Deo Drive. The existing portion of Waterworks would become a cul-de-sac at the railroad, with no railroad crossing. The Waterworks intersection with Mount Vernon Road would remain open, but the traffic signal would be removed. The railroad crossing would have to be moved south to the new aligned road. The alignment project is expected to begin this year.
The project in Hebron is expected to help the village repair pavement that is beginning to show wear and soon could become a major pothole problem. Mapel said the nearly 2-mile stretch of High Street has a lot of "alligator cracking," which signifies "a lot of pavement distress."
She said Hebron was having difficulty finding a local match for state funds. Because the project will receive stimulus money, no local match is required, she said.
The project wouldn't have been able to include other federal aid, but the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) may resurface state routes in villages, she said.
Companies within the Newark Ohio Industrial Park currently maintain the rail crossing on state Route 79 currently.
Mapel said an emergency repair was completed last year, but this money would be used to replace panels around the tracks that are in poor condition.