Reynoldsburg director of engineering Jim Miller reported to city council Dec. 22 that bids are in for the reconstruction project of Rosehill Road, but they will not be finalized until all of them are analyzed.

Reynoldsburg director of engineering Jim Miller reported to city council Dec. 22 that bids are in for the reconstruction project of Rosehill Road, but they will not be finalized until all of them are analyzed.

Among the 12 bids received, Miller named two companies that offered the "apparent lowest" bids for the project's two phases.

For phase one, the lowest bidder was George J. Igel & Co. Inc. with a bid of $3.2-million. For phase two, it was Kokosing Construction Co., bidding $743,000.

"I emphasize the word 'apparent lowest bidders' because we still need to validate all of them," Miller said, "but the bids came in relatively close to one another and the process went fairly smooth."

He said a review process would begin within the next couple of weeks with EMH&T, the city's engineer contracting firm. The review will make sure the bid proposals are accurate. Miller will approach council in early February with an official recommendation to award the contracts.

The Rosehill Road reconstruction project is focused on infrastructure, including safety improvements and traffic issues.

The entire project spans 1.8 miles from East Livingston Avenue north almost to Rosedale Avenue, and will be split into two phases. Phase one, on a section of Rosehill running north of East Main Street, will include widening the road, installing new street lights, sidewalks, waterlines and sanitary sewer lines, and building a multi-use leisure path to run from East Main Street and Rosedale Avenue.

Phase two will include the section of Rosehill Road south of East Main Street and will include new asphalt plus curb and gutter reconstruction.

In other business, service/safety director Pam Boratyn said a Dec. 19 temporary road closure on Rodebaugh Road and Daugherty Drive resulted from a clogged drain that allowed heavy rainfall to back up and flood both roads.

The flooding caused Rodebaugh Road from Waggoner Road to Gilmore Avenue and Daugherty Drive at Killin Court to be closed from about 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Boratyn said the city decided to close the road temporarily for safety reasons until the water receded and the problem could be resolved.

Since that area is in Truro Township, Boratyn said she notified the township and as a result Franklin County engineers came to the site and cleaned debris out of the drain, which solved the problem.

Also on Dec. 22, council approved an ordinance to amend the city's zoning map for 68.5 acres on the east side of Summit Road, where the Reynoldsburg school district plans to build new elementary and high schools.

The zoning is for a special district (S-1). City development director Lucas Haire said the land was annexed to the city in 2005 from Etna Township but has never had a zoning status assigned to it.

The school district purchased it Jan. 7 for $2.8-million. Haire said the S-1 zoning would allow the land to be developed for uses such as parks, government buildings, schools and churches.

School district officials plan to come back to the city with a site plan, which the city will then need to review and approve. That might not happen until late winter or early spring, with construction to follow.

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