Marysville News

City expects Maple Street to reopen Dec. 4

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Maple Street will remain closed until the first week of December, with most of the major work expected to be finished on the Maple Street bridge in time to open the road on Dec. 4, according to Marysville Mayor John Gore.

"People keep asking when that is going to open," Gore told Marysville City Council at its Nov. 1 meeting.

He also updated council on other local construction projects. Among them:

* The traffic pattern has changed again on the state Route 4 bridge project over U.S. Route 33. Work on the east side of the bridge was finished so work is starting on the west side.

"I drove it tonight and I was a little confused and I actually read the memo on it," Gore said.

He said drivers need to follow the orange barrels, which lead traffic to merge into a two-way flow on the east side of the bridge.

* The new traffic signals on state Route 4 at County Home Road should start going up the first week of December, he reported. It will take two weeks to get traffic lights installed at that intersection.

* Flashing pedestrian crosswalk signs have been installed on Amrine Mill Road, where a Marysville High School student was hit by a car Oct. 11.

"We're just waiting on DP&L to install the new pole and streetlight," Gore said.

The student received only minor injuries but the incident prompted the city to evaluate the safety of the crosswalk. Other upgraded safety measures include placing a "no parking" sign at the crosswalk, trimming a large bush next to the crosswalk and placing flashing lights on the crosswalk signs.

* Crews started abatement work to handle hazardous materials from the roof of the fire station being torn down to make way for the new Municipal Services Complex. Hazardous materials abatement on the interior was completed last week, Gore said.

In other business, Gore said Marysville's United Way campaign is still collecting money, even though the city has already raised nearly $11,000. That is twice what was raised in the 2011 campaign, he said.

"The campaign was very, very successful this year. And United Way contributes an awful lot to this community," Gore said.

He reminded residents about Marysville's second annual 5-K Pumpkin Dash Race planned for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. The race will start at 9 a.m. The first 100 finishers took home pumpkin pies last year and the city has increased that this year so the first 450 finishers will receive a pumpkin pie.

Trophies will go to the first-, second-, and third-place finishers in each age category as well as the first overall male and female winners.

First-, second-, and third-place finishers in the Family and Corporate Challenge will also receive trophies.

The official race charity is the Memorial Meals Program and the Marysville Food Pantry. The goal is to provide 2,500 meals for either of the programs.

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