About two months remain on the Linfoot Street reconstruction project in Wauseon, and a city spokesperson said motorists and the street’s occupants will notice a marked improvement.
Begun last October after about five years of planning and coordination with the Ohio Department of Transportation, the $2.36 million project is scheduled for completion sometime in June. The reconstruction by Vernon Nagel, Inc. of Napoleon involves both surface and infrastructure replacement on Linfoot Street from Ottokee Street through the Shoop Avenue intersection.
Thus far, completed work includes: installation and successful testing of a sanitary sewer main line; placement and connection to existing customers of sanitary service lines; installation of a storm sewer main line from Shoop Avenue west to the project terminus; storm sewer service lines installed and connected to existing customers; installation and successful testing of a water main line; and installation and connection to most customers of water service lines.
Presently, water service lines continue to be connected to customers and storm sewer work is being completed from Shoop Avenue to the project terminus.
In the coming weeks: the street’s remaining curbs and pavement will be removed; new grades will be cut into the roadway; excavation will begin to widen the Shoop Avenue intersection; concrete curbs, approaches, and sidewalks will be poured; pavement layers, pavement markings, and signage will be installed; and the grading and seeding work area will be finished.
The street level will be lowered in most places, and a right turn lane will be placed at the Shoop Avenue intersection to ease traffic congestion. The entire street will be fitted with curbs, gutters, and sidewalks.
Wauseon Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said work completion will depend on the weather, since it can’t be done outside of temperature and moisture guidelines. He said the project was initiated because the condition of Linfoot Street was bad, if not critical.
The city was aided by a $1.64 million Small Cities grant from ODOT. The project qualified because a small portion of Linfoot Street is part of State Route 2. The remaining cost will be paid through the city’s capital improvement fund.
Richardson said the project was driven by the deteriorated condition of the street. “We’ve had a lot of history of a lot of water main breaks on Linfoot Street,” he said.
Richardson said no future projects of a similar scope are presently on the table. The last comparable project was the widening of a section of Shoop Avenue.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.