A regional grant is expected to help fund the vast majority of the cost of a West Carrollton road project near downtown, where city revitalization efforts are focused.
About 70 percent of the cost to resurface West Central Avenue from Miami Avenue to the wastewater treatment plant will be paid for by a grant from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, city records show.
The Miami Avenue intersection of West Central is the site of the an entrance to Miami Valley Sand, a $4.5 million sports complex with a bar/restaurant that opened this year, increasing area traffic.
“This resurfacing project represents one element of a multi-faceted strategy to transform the corridor into a destination area,” West Carrollton Planning and Development Director Greg Gaines said in an email.
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“Combined with the recent opening of Miami Valley Sand and future event programming, the stage is being set for a rebirth of this district,” he added.
The West Central resurfacing – expected to be done next year – is the largest expense in a package of more than $500,000 streetscape and infrastructure projects aimed at improving the heart of downtown, city officials have said.
The 0.6-mile project is part of an “economic development priority” to revitalize the Carrollton Center business district and the “downtown corridor” on Central Avenue and Dixie Drive, Gaines said.
The grant from the MVRPC is nearly $232,000 and the resurfacing is estimated to cost $330,588, according to West Carrollton Service Director Rich Norton.
Other projects for that area include streetscape improvements and replacing a water line on North Elm Street. North Elm intersects with West Central at the center of downtown, a few blocks east of Miami Avenue.
The North Elm work is scheduled for later this year, Gaines said.
The city will need to meet with the Ohio Department of Transportation to start the process for the West Central resurfacing, documents show.
Approval of projects “must be fully programmed with ODOT and MVRPC within three months of the original approval” to maintain funding, according to a letter from Brian Martin, executive director of regional planning.
The city will be hiring an engineering firm to produce plans within the next 30 days, Norton said.
Final plans are due to ODOT by Aug. 31, and the project will be put out to bid this fall, he added.
A contract award is expected by the end of the year with construction set to start in the spring of 2021 with completion targeted for July 1, Norton said.
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