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City engineer discusses upcoming construction projects

Cary Ashby • Sep 25, 2018 at 9:00 PM

Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder shared information on two upcoming construction projects during the 12-minute work session by council Tuesday.

One piece of pending legislation is a resolution to authorize the city to submit an application to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for a $275,000 grant. This would be for the Phase 4 of the Old State Road widening project, which would cover East Main Street to Cleveland Road.

The grant requires a $266,356 match from Norwalk, making the total cost of the project $541,356. Work is expected to start in the spring of 2020.

The city already received a similar OPWC grant for the third phase, which covers Old State Road from Cleveland to Akron roads. Snyder said that project is going to start in 2019. 

Snyder told council he doesn’t expect any problems since both sections of the road are “fairly flat.” Similar to the third phase, crews will install new drainage systems and curbing. 

During the Phase 3 resurfacing, construction crews discovered extensive damage, which required that portion of Old State Road to be reconstructed. That in turn required council to approve an additional $254,000 for the project, which brought the final cost to $659,000. The third phase covered about 2,900 feet — from Executive Drive to the clubhouse driveway for Veterans Memorial Lake Park.

Also discussed Tuesday was the pending resolution to allow the Ohio Department of Transportation to resurface about 9/10 of a mile of U.S. 20 within the city limits in 2020.

In addition, Councilman Jordy Horowitz announced the participation numbers for the new Drug Free Clubs of America membership program that has been introduced at the Norwalk high and middle schools. One-hundred fifty-eight Norwalk Middle School students are involved and 180 from the high school. Drug Free Clubs of America program is an incentive-based, drug-testing program that encourages young people to stay off drugs.

Horowitz, a NMS health teacher, said Drug Free Clubs of America expects a participation rate of 11 to 15 percent the first year and with the local total percentage of about 30, “we were really pleased with that.”

“The kids handled themselves really well,” said Horowitz, noting there has been a lot of positive feedback from parents. “We were really impressed.”  

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