Upper Arlington News

UA will spend $1.3 million to upgrade streets


Upper Arlington plans to spend approximately $1.3 million this year to upgrade six streets as part of its annual roadway reconstruction program.

Last year, the Upper Arlington Engineering Division identified approximately $113 million worth of needed infrastructure improvements through 2023, most of which involve repairs to local streets.

On May 19, Upper Arlington City Council authorized work to begin on portions of six streets identified in the 10-year capital-improvement plan by approving a base contract of approximately $1.32 million with Decker Construction Co.

The vote was unanimous; Council President Don Leach and Vice President Debbie Johnson were absent from the meeting.

The contract would permit the city to spend up to $1.5 million for the work if council votes to include the installation of sidewalks along Elmwood Avenue from Tremont Road to Northwest Boulevard.

The decision is expected to take place at council's June 9 meeting.

If the sidewalks are approved, the city would be reimbursed approximately $95,940 by residents along Elmwood.

"The residents are assessed (sidewalk costs) based on the front footage of their properties," said Jackie Thiel, Upper Arlington's interim city engineer. "They can choose to pay in a lump sum or over 10 years."

Regardless of whether the sidewalks are installed, the city plans reconstruction work for the following roads:

• Bedford Road from Tremont Road to Waltham Road.

• Brandon Road from Berkshire Road to Lane Avenue.

• Cambridge Boulevard from Concord Road to North Devon Road.

• Elmwood Avenue from the city's southern corporation line to Waltham Road.

• King Avenue from Cambridge Boulevard to the city's east corporation line.

• Wyandotte Road from Edgemont Road to Waltham Road.

"We are working to get the contract together with Decker, which takes a couple weeks," Thiel said. "We expect (the roadway work) will get done this year."

Last year, 21 streets received attention through the city's street maintenance plan.

That work, which totaled approximately $1.8 million, included "mill and fill" work -- removing and replacing the top layer of asphalt -- as well as street reconstruction, which entailed stripping roadways' foundations and rebuilding them.

Thiel said updates for the 2014 street reconstruction program will be provided on the city's website, uaoh.net, as they become available.