Powell City Council on April 21 unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the city to award a bid to Shelly and Sands Inc. in the amount of $1,024,962 to resurface Sawmill Parkway.

The road will be resurfaced between Seldom Seen and Home roads starting June 1. Work will take about four months, city spokeswoman Megan Canavan said.

Canavan said two-way traffic will be maintained on Sawmill Parkway at all times, with some lane restrictions. Most of the work will be completed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., she said.

"It's a major thoroughfare through the city and there's a significant amount of traffic volume regardless of the time of day," City Manager Andrew White said. "We hope to minimize the impact on motorists."

This project also includes curb repairs, curb-ramp improvements and repairs of the shared-use path that runs along the west side of Sawmill Parkway.

The work will be funded in part by a grant through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Attributable Funds Program, lowering the city's cost share to 40%.

"It's a credit to staff to locate these types of funds, to coordinate with other agencies to get more bang for our buck," said City Council member Brian Lorenz.

The initial appropriation for the project was $1.4 million, White said. With the bid coming in under the appropriated amount, council is afforded some flexibility in using the remainder in support of its regular street-maintenance program.

"A benefit of the savings is the city can look to invest it into an expanded residential resurfacing program, and any additional savings could be encumbered for 2021 road maintenance," White said.

"If we can roll the savings back into our annual street-maintenance program, it gives us some more bandwidth to get residents' streets improved," Lorenz said.

White said the bid process for residential street resurfacing is underway. Staff reviews the city's roads and streets annually and presents grades and rankings to council in June, Lorenz said.

"I see this as a good kickoff to the start of a process to estimate a 10-year spending program that addresses all of the city's infrastructure," White said. "It's an opportunity to clearly identify what we believe are the needs and have a conversation with the community about them."

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