Col. Glenn Highway project moves closer to start date

By Amanda Crowe acrowe@civitasmedia.com

April 11, 2014

FAIRBORN — The Colonel Glenn Highway Improvements Project is slated to begin Monday, May 5, and is expected to take about seven months to complete.

Fairborn city council awarded a $1,460,500 construction services contract to R.B. Jergens Contractors, Inc. in February, followed by a pre-construction meeting in March to determine a proposed time line.

The city was awarded a $400,000 Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant in July 2013, which will cover 27 percent of the project. The remaining balance will come from the street levy and County Motor Vehicle Tax funds.

“Due to the timing and complexity of the project, we held off until this spring so we wouldn’t have that project open over the winter and we can complete it in one construction season,” said Civil Engineer Lee Harris.

The construction will take place along the section of Colonel Glenn Highway from the west corporation limit, west of University Drive, to Paramount Place. More than 22,000 vehicles travel on this section of roadway per day. This section was last paved in 2002.

The estimate project duration is May 5 through Nov. 27, with phase 1 beginning May 7, phase 2 on June 9, phase 3A on July 28, phase 3B on Sept. 9 and phase 3C on Oct. 15. Improvements will include pavement rehabilitation, drainage improvements, three new concrete median islands and installing a sidewalk from the west corporation limit to University Boulevard.

“Please be patient during the construction process,” said Public Administrative Services Director Pete Bales. “I know the construction can be inconvenient and frustrating at times, but the city is striving to keep pedestrians, motorists and workers safe during construction. Please be cautious when driving through the construction area.”

According to Bales, access to the intersections will be maintained at all times, with a few exceptions.

“Executive Park Boulevard will be closed during phase 2 and there may be short term lane closures at all intersections throughout the duration of the project as they complete the work through the intersections,” he said.

The city and contractor will hold weekly meetings to discuss problems and progress at 9 a.m. Thursday mornings at Wright State University in the Student Union, E103 Explorer Room.

Questions should be directed to Civil Engineer Lee Harris at 754-3055 or lee.harris@ci.fairborn.oh.us.