Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
A road closure sign blocks drivers from going down North Prospect Street during construction.
Orange barrels, construction vehicles, and workers have been appearing on the streets of Oberlin as workers have been busy painting street lines, building the city refuse garage, repaving streets, and installing buried electric lines.
Nearly a year and half after Oberlin’s refuse garage on Hillcreek Drive was destroyed in a fire, the new building has been completed.
Public works director Jeff Baumann said all that remains is for workers to put a seal over the concrete floor before the trucks are once again stored in the building.
The new facility is an exact footprint of its predecessor but with a fire suppression system.
On the roadways, workers have been removing the asphalt on South Professor and North Prospect streets for repairs to the sanitary sewers before resurfacing.
When construction is complete, shared bicycle markers will be painted on South Professor Street to connect with West Hamilton Street.
A multi-use path along Hamilton was paved last week, allowing the city to connect to the Lorain County Metro Parks bike path and the Oberlin Recreation Complex.
Baumann said crews have to pave the path at least one more time and build a small bridge over a ditch before it’s open to the public.
East College Street between South Main Street and Willard Court was closed last Thursday for workers to install power lines under the street.
Steve Dupee, electric director of Oberlin Municipal Light and Power, said an underground electric system fed across the street before the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Project was built.
But when light poles were taken down by the center, his department had to connect the power to another line.
The installation provides power to the light poles on the south side of East College Street.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.