Licking County News

Pataskala plans to close several sidewalk gaps by July


Pataskala officials say they plan to link 20 percent of the city's population -- about 3,000 people -- with sidewalks this summer.

"This will link the Settlement (subdivision) and our largest park, (Thomas J. Evans) Foundation Park to, eventually, the Bright Waters subdivision and Pataskala Municipal Park," said City Administrator Timothy Boland.

The new sidewalk will start south of the Settlement subdivision on the east side of Oak Meadow Drive.

The sidewalk will extend past the Pataskala Square Shopping Center and connect to Broad Street, east of the Dollar General, said Robert Schroeder, the city's project manager.

Sidewalks will extend east on both sides of Broad Street to the McDonald's and Huntington Bank, Schroeder said.

Pedestrians will be able to cross Broad Street at the intersection of Oak Meadow and Vine Street.

Public Service Director BJ King said the intersection would be changed to include striped pedestrian crosswalks.

The sidewalk will continue south of the intersection on Vine Street, extending into the old parts of downtown Pataskala, where sidewalks are intermittent.

Four companies submitted project bids, which were opened April 16. The engineer's estimate for the projects was $168,975.

Schroeder said Newcomer Concrete Services of Norwalk submitted the lowest bid at $127,905.41.

The other bids were: Decker Construction Co. of Columbus, $130,673.44; Shelly and Sands of Zanesville, $143,776; and Columbus Asphalt Paving, $168,867.40.

"City Council did approve the project so we can make the award to the lowest and best bid," Schroeder said. "The bids will be evaluated by the engineer and they will make a recommendation for award."

The project is expected to be completed by July, Schroeder said.

In related news, Boland said, pedestrians will be able to walk on sidewalks in downtown Pataskala from Vine Street after the sidewalks are improved this spring with a $480,000 grant from the state's Safe Routes to Schools program.

Missing sidewalks will be filled in around Pataskala Elementary School on High, Second, Granville, Cedar and Broadway streets and Tyler Avenue. School crossing signs will be improved around the building.

Once those connections are in place, Boland said, pedestrians will be able to cross Hazleton-Etna Road (state Route 310) and walk to Municipal Park, which connects to the Bright Waters subdivision.