Repaving of East College and Pleasant streets will stretch two to three weeks.
The scope includes milling three inches of the existing asphalt pavement, followed by base repairs.
The work on East College Street started at Main Street and will continue east to Park Street, approximately a quarter mile. Seven parallel parking spaces will be added along the north curb lawn of East College between Pleasant and Willard Court to serve retail customers and the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Complex.
When finished, there will be a nine-foot parallel parking zone and new 14-foot travel lanes in both directions.
Chagrin Valley Paving of Chagrin Falls has finished milling and cleaning up the project area on East College. The contractor will place an asphalt leveling course Friday, which will provide a smoother surface while the rest of the work is completed, said public works director Jeff Baumann.
He anticipates that pavement base repair, the curb work, and the parallel parking construction will follow the milling. This part of the work should take two to three weeks to complete.
Paving will follow in two courses: an intermediate leveling course and a final paving course, with site restoration and striping to follow.
At a preconstruction meeting, Chagrin Valley indicated its crews will work five 10-hour days depending on weather, Baumann said.
Oberlin city council has agreed to pay the firm $375,000 to complete the project.
The city has hired a third party, Quality Control Inspection Inc., to assist in managing the project. Based on its schedule, the work should be substantially complete by the middle of October.
Starting Tuesday, a concrete sub-contractor began replacing about 120 feet of curb at the southeast corner of Pleasant and College streets. RMH Concrete will be on site for two to three weeks, said Baumann.
Don Mould’s Plantation will replace the sidewalk in front of the Charles Martin Hall House and Shansi House, which Oberlin College will allow to maximize available space. This sidewalk was removed by Oberlin Municipal Light and Power Systems to relocate overhead electric and other cabling. New sidewalk was poured Monday.
Lorain County, on behalf of the city, has contracted with Gregory Trucking of Elyria to replace the old style brick pavers on the south side of Main Street west to Eric Nord Way. The new pavers will match the others downtown.
The work is primarily along the sidewalk and will take about two weeks, said Baumann. This includes pouring new concrete driveway aprons for the east alley and on either side of the Huntington Bank and off-street parking area.
The inbound, westernmost parking lot entrance next to Cable Co-op will be replaced Thursday and re-opened Friday, he said. Signage will direct customers, employees, residents, and delivery drivers.
Columbia Gas, as part of their accelerated main replacement project will be terminating a gas line connection in the North Pleasant and East College intersection.
The construction period will be a little hectic, Baumann said, and he suggests finding alternative routes where possible and traveling cautiously through Oberlin.
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