Upper Arlington News

Water lines to be replaced on two Upper Arlington streets


Upper Arlington will replace aged water lines on two streets on the city's southeast side this spring as part of a 10-year plan to upgrade deteriorating infrastructure.

Upper Arlington City Council authorized a $957,000 contract Monday, Feb. 10, with Park Enterprise Construction Co. to replace the lines on Donna Drive and Elmwood Avenue.

The projects were identified through recent infrastructure studies and independent assessments by the city's Engineering Division.

According to Jackie Thiel, assistant city engineer, the Elmwood water line is 77 years old, and the Donna Drive line hasn't been replaced for 59 years.

She added the work is a continuation of plans to address deteriorating water lines, streets and sewer systems throughout the city that were identified last November by City Engineer Dave Parkinson, who said Upper Arlington has $113 million in capital improvement needs over the next decade.

"It is part of our long-term plan for making needed improvements to sustain the city's infrastructure," Thiel said.

According to a staff report presented by Parkinson to council Feb. 3, approximately 2,300 linear feet of water line will be replaced on Elmwood, from the city's southern corporation limit to Waltham Road.

Additionally, 2,200 linear feet of water line will be replaced on Donna Drive, from Fairlington Road to Overdale Drive.

The work is expected to begin on Elmwood in March, and both projects are scheduled to be completed approximately 120 days later.

"The roads will be closed to through traffic, but the residents will have access to their driveways throughout the entire project," Thiel said. "We will coordinate closely with the residents every day to accommodate their needs throughout the construction project."

Once the water line work on Elmwood is completed, the city expects to begin reconstruction of that street, which tentatively is scheduled to begin after July 4. The estimated cost is $500,000.

Funding for the water line replacements and rebuilding Elmwood Avenue will come from the city's capital improvement budget, Thiel said.

Water main break closes Lane Ave.

Freezing temperatures caused a water main break that closed a section of Lane Avenue earlier this week.

On Monday, Feb. 10, Lane Avenue was closed from about 5:30 a.m. to shortly after noon.

According to the Upper Arlington Community Affairs Office, the break occurred at a fire hydrant on Westmont Boulevard, near Lane Avenue. It resulted in water spilling out into the roadway and then freezing, creating hazardous driving conditions.

Crews from the city of Columbus repaired the water main. Costs associated with the work were incurred by Columbus, and were not immediately available.

"Lane Avenue had to be closed because the water was freezing and causing unsafe driving conditions," said Emma Speight, Upper Arlington community affairs coordinator. "It was closed between Northwest (Boulevard) and North Star (Road)."

Speight said Upper Arlington's Streets Division was on the scene shortly after the water main broke and began breaking up ice that collected on Lane Avenue to expedite its reopening.