Groveport proceeds with extensive street repairs

SCOTT GERFEN
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An aggressive street maintenance program is winding down in Groveport.

"We've done quite a bit of road resurfacing (of) some of our critical roads this year," city engineer Steve Farst said.

"We've realized it's time to do that, and we've bundled several roads under this contract. It is a larger contract than we usually have."

The city awarded its 2020 streets program contract in April to Decker Construction Co. of Columbus, the lowest bidder, for $902,849.

Crews have targeted South Hamilton Road from state Route 317 south to Lowry Court; and Bixby Road between South Hamilton Road to just east of Dorchester Street for milling and resurfacing.

The project includes new curbs and gutters, curb ramps and resurfacing on Glendening Drive, near the middle school campus. The work also includes improvements to the intersection of College and Main streets and crack-sealing on various streets.

"We felt like these roads were at a point where we needed to address them, and the budget was available," Farst said.

The reconstruction of Higgins Boulevard at South Hamilton Road and Directors Boulevard also continues, including curb and gutter replacement; work should be complete by mid-July.

The first phase includes the eastern portion of the intersection and involves removing and rebuilding the pavement, Farst said.

The second phase, which will be bid out in the coming months, will realign the north- and southbound turn lanes at the intersection and will include upgraded traffic-control signals and modernized technology.

"It's a project that's probably going to take nine months when it starts," Farst said.

City Council approved Groveport's street-maintenance program last year. The legislation gave the city administrator the power to seek bids and enter into a contract.

"We evaluate each bid for responsiveness and responsibility, and if the lowest bid is responsive and responsible, we award the contract to that bidder," Farst said.

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