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Work continues on Safe Routes to School, drainage projects

Cary Ashby • Feb 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The city of Norwalk is undergoing several projects and has awarded three bids for others.

Crews are in the process of putting up flashing lights, stripes and signs near all the elementary schools as part of the Safe Routes to School project.

Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder said the city received a $100,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation, with the city paying an additional $50,000.

For Snyder, one the most significant parts of the project is having the signs be “off the grid.”

“They all have solar panels. As long as they are up, we won’t have to pay for electricity,” the engineer said.

Speed-limit signs feature radar feedback signs, which notifies drivers of their speeds over 20 mph.

“They only activate when you’re over 20,” Snyder said. “They flash when you go over 30.”

The project is expected to be completed about the beginning of the March.

Between snow storms, crews are improving the manholes and catch basins on Milan Avenue.

“It just started two weeks ago,” said Snyder, referring to what is known as the Milan Avenue drainage project.

About 10 days ago, new traffic signals went up on Milan Avenue at the intersections of League and Main streets. Snyder said that completes the Milan Avenue improvement project, which cost about $1.5 million.

Norwalk received $1.1 million in grant money from ODOT. Snyder said the city paid the remaining $400,000. The project included an upgraded school crossing system, new traffic lights, various utility work and upgrades to the Marshall Street intersection.

Also recently, the city awarded three bids for 2018 projects: Curbs, sewer lining and surface resurfacing. Snyder said Norwalk received “favorable pricing” because the bids went out so early.

Newcomer Concrete Services Inc., in Norwalk, won the bid for the curb project. This will cover two sections of Benedict Avenue — from Garcia Drive to Christie Avenue/Warren Drive and from Hickory to Summit streets. 

“Once that is completed, (U.S.) 250 will have curbs end to end,” Snyder said.

Insight Pipe, which is based out of Harmony, Pa., won the bid for the sewer-lining project, which will be in three locations in Norwalk.

And finally, AJ Riley Inc., in Norwalk, was awarded the bid for the surface resurfacing project.

Snyder said he plans to have the sidewalk project rebid.

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