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The 2020 road construction season is another busy one for Upper Arlington, representing year seven of the City’s first 10-year Capital Improvement Program planning process, designed to bring the City’s inventory of outstanding infrastructure maintenance needs to an acceptable standard, and setting the stage for staying current with needs into the future. It was made possible by Upper Arlington voter support of an increase in the income tax rate of .5% in 2014—bringing UA’s rate to 2.5%—with all funds generated by the increase dedicated to meeting our capital needs.

The 10-Year Capital Improvement Program is updated every year, with the new “Year 10” added as each “Year 1 ” is completed. As part of this update, some projects change project year, based on a reassessment of priorities and conditions at the time of a reassessment process. This typically does not affect projects identified for “Years 1-3” but can result in adjustments for “Years 4-10.”

CONSTRUCTION OVERVIEW & NEWS
STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

These projects are comprised of the complete “ground-up” removal and replacement of a roadway—new pavement, new curb & gutter, new drive approaches, and the restoration of any affected lawn areas. This work may also include the installation of new underground utilities. Roadway Reconstruction projects tend to be multi-phased and frequently require the closure of the affected roadway for an extended period.

  • Ardleigh Rd (Somerford Rd to Birchcrest Rd)
  • Cranford Rd (Sunset Dr to Kioka Ave)
  • Haviland Rd (Woodbridge Rd to Fenwick Rd)
  • North Devon Rd (Stanford Rd to Waltham Rd)

Northwest Boulevard Storm Sewer Improvements and Street Reconstruction

This project will improve Northwest Boulevard between Wilshire Drive and Barrington Road while also addressing flooding concerns along the corridor. The work will include street reconstruction, new curb and gutter, new curb ramps and improvements to the storm sewer system. Recognizing that Northwest Boulevard is our Fourth of July Parade route, the construction will begin after our community’s most popular day of celebration.

STREET MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

These projects are comprised of routine repairs designed to prolong the useful life of a street, such as the removal and replacement of the top layer of pavement (mill and overlay), and repairs to small sections of curb and gutter. These projects are typically completed within a few days with minimal restrictions for residents.

  • Timeline: Mid-May – September
  • Ainwick Rd (Ridgecliff Rd to Zollinger Rd)
  • Andover Rd (Fifth Ave to Waltham Rd)
  • Coventry Rd (Lane Ave to Waltham Rd)
  • Gateway Dr (Lane Rd to Chartwell Rd)
  • Ivanhoe Ct (Cassill St to cul-de-sac)
  • Northam Rd (Tremont Rd to Andover Rd)
  • Oakmount Rd (Mountview Rd to Redding Rd)
  • Old Ravine Ct (Sandover Rd to cul-de-sac)
  • Oxford Alley (McCoy Rd to dead end)
  • Reedbury Ln (Langston Dr to cul-de-sac)
  • Roxbury Rd (W Devon Rd to Fifth Ave)
  • Yorkshire Rd (Tremont Rd to Arlington Ave)

Lane II City Improvements

As part of a Development Agreement between the City and developers of the new hotel and mixed-use project under construction on Lane Avenue, the City is performing several public infrastructure improvements. On Chester Road, this comprises partial curb and roadway replacement work, a new water main and roadway resurfacing. On Westmont Boulevard, the work is comprised of curb and sidewalk replacement, a new water main, and roadway resurfacing

Chester Road Beginning 450′ North of Lane Ave to Wilshire Rd
The improvements include the removal and replacement of all curb and gutter, including driveway aprons, installation of a new 8″ water main and 3″ mill and fill of the existing roadway.

Westmont Boulevard Beginning 450′ North of Lane Ave to Northam Rd
The improvements include the removal and replacement of all curb and gutter, including driveway aprons, the removal of existing sidewalk and installation of a new 5′ wide sidewalk with a tree lawn and street trees, installation of a new 8″ water main and 3″ mll and fill of the existing roadway.

Mountview Road Improvements

This project was initiated following the 2017-2018 River Ridge/Kingsdale West Study which recommended that the City enhance pedestrian and bicycle connectivity within the River Ridge neighborhood. Work includes road, water and storm improvements, in addition to the new sidewalk that will run from Zollinger Road to Fishinger Road on the west side of the street. To read the Mountview Road Fact Sheet, click here. To read the Mountview Road Construction FAQs, click here.

Mountview Road from Fishinger Rd to Zollinger Rd
The improvements include new curb and gutter, new storm sewer, new water lines and a new sidewalk on the west side of the street. Traffic calming including bump outs will also be considered during design along with safety improvements to the intersection of Mountview Rd at Wickliffe Rd.

SUSTAINABLE SEWER SOLUTIONS

The Environmental Protection Agency required and has approved a Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey to identify the most problematic areas in the City for rainwater getting into the sanitary sewer pipes. Following this evaluation, the City developed a 12-year remediation plan called the Sustainable Sewer Solutions Program, which began in 2017. These projects may include renovation, installation of a liner, cleaning or replacement of main sewer lines, sanitary laterals and manholes, and typically require a detour of the sanitary waste using the structure. For 2020, work will be performed on the following streets:

  • Buckeye Place
  • Kioka Avenue
  • Norbrook Drive
  • Overdale Drive

STORM DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS

Improvements to the City’s stormwater system, which is the underground network that drains rainwater runoff from our streets into natural waterways.

  • Northwest Boulevard (South of Lane Ave from Berkshire to Barrington)
TRAFFIC SIGNAL PROJECTS

These projects may include repair or replacement of traffic signals, installation of conduit for new wire to replace buried wires.  These projects typically do not require a detour of the traffic using the structure.

  • Reed Rd at McCoy Rd – Scheduled to begin 2020.
  • Andover Rd at Guilford Rd – Scheduled to begin 2020.
PARKS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Devon Pool Mechanical Building  & Concrete Replacement
Timeline: Late Summer 2020
Replacement of the two mechanical buildings with one facility to house the pool systems, updating mechanical systems, and replacing older sections of concrete decking. Project to begin at the close of the 2020 swim season.

Northam Park Shared Use Path
Timeline: Spring 2020
Replacement of existing sidewalk along Northam Road with a new eight foot wide shared use path for improved pedestrian mobility to the park.

Northam Park Athletic and Tennis Facilities Schematic Design Study
Timeline: Spring 2020
Study of the Northam Park athletic fields, tennis court complex, park service building and surrounding area to make recommendations for needed site improvements to address ongoing drainage concerns and other site issues.

Miller Park Playground
Timeline: Late Summer 2020
New playground to meet current design and ADA standards.

Reed Road Park Playground
Timeline: Spring 2020
New playground to meet current design and ADA standards.

Veterans’ Plaza at Mallway Park
Timeline: Summer 2020
A public-private partnership to renovate and improve the existing Veterans’ Memorial Feature at Mallway Park.

Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District Tree and Plant Sale – Cancelled

March 23 Update After consulting with staff and board, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Spring Tree & Plant Sale. This was not an easy decision, nor made without considering all possible options; there were simply too many unknowns at this time to proceed. The health and safety of staff, volunteers, and the public will always be our top priority. Franklin Soil and Water staff will be working directly with all those who have placed current…

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SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

The Sidewalk Maintenance Program provides for periodic inspections of existing sidewalks to determine if repairs or replacement work is necessary to keep the network in good working order. The maintenance and repair for sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. The City will make repairs when damage has been caused by the roots of City-owned trees in the public right-of-way, defects caused by utility manholes or valves, and any curb ramps.

Visit Engineering Division – Sidewalk Maintenance Program for full details.

Sidewalk Damage
NON-CITY RELATED PROJECTS

Construction projects can and do occur within Upper Arlington’s corporate boundaries that are not the responsibility of the City, typically by utility companies such as Columbia Gas, AEP and cable/telecommunications companies. When these projects have a noticeable impact for our citizens, the City takes a more active role in oversight and helping to communicate project updates to residents as appropriate.

Columbia Gas Improvement

  • 2020 project list coming soon
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