As far as Mayor John Gore is concerned, the Town Run project that started at the end of August will not only help storm water drain properly but it will be another chance to make Uptown Marysville more attractive.
Work on the Town Run project started with removing guardrails and clearing an area along Town Run, which runs through Marysville. This past week saw the start of stream bank reinforcement.
Town Run is a conduit for storm water flow in the city. Work is being done on the section that runs between North Plum Street and North Walnut Street.
The project scope includes the restoration and stabilization of approximately 700 feet of unstable and eroding stream bank.
The total cost of the project is approximately $530,000. The money is coming from three sources: a $187,000 Clean Ohio conservation grant, a $323,000 Ohio EPA grant and $28,000 in city funds.
Last year, Marysville City Engineer Valerie Klingman said the first phase of the project would focus on protecting the banks of the run from erosion. Gore said phase two will include building a pedestrian bridge.
"Our hopes are that we will also be able to develop some walkways, some park benches and some things like that," Gore said.
"The purpose of the project is to create a section of the Town Run (between Fourth Street and Fifth Street) to be more aesthetically pleasing," Marysville Public Information Officer Anna Krutowskis said. "The project will include stream restoration, bank stabilization and vegetation."
The schedule calls for concrete repairs to begin Sept. 30, with asphalt repairs starting Oct. 7 on the parking lot near Town Run. A wood guardrail will be installed Oct. 14 with landscape work beginning Oct. 21.
"It's another step in improving the Uptown Area," Gore said. "It's exciting. There are lots of good things happening in Marysville."