The folks on the West side of town — especially in the Lakes of Franklin Mills subdivision — have been anxiously awaiting the extension of Admore Drive/Stonewater through from Fairchild to SR 59 next to Don Joseph Toyota. That project hit a bunch of snags on the engineering drawing board and then in the field but it appears that the City’s traffic engineer has got the project back on track. Recently he sent a Lakes of Franklin Mills homeowner a short description of the project that I thought others might want to know.
The construction activity so far includes the extension of the existing 8″ water main from The Lakes of Franklin Mills Phase 4 to West Main Street where it will be tied into an existing 10″ main. Once the watermain is completed, there won’t be any more construction near the existing homes on Phase 4. The rest of the project is concentrated on rebuilding Stonewater Drive between West Main Street and the bridge over Fish Creek.
A 10′ wide asphalt multi-use path will be constructed on the west side of Stonewater Drive from West Main Street to just south of the bridge. New concrete sidewalks will be constructed at the intersection along with curb ramps to cross the west leg of West Main and the north leg of Stonewater Drive.
The road will look similar to that constructed north of the bridge, there will be concrete curb/gutter, 22′ of asphalt pavement, concrete driveway aprons for Klaben and Don Joseph, grass lawn strips and street trees along both sides of the road. The guardrail ends on all four corners of the bridge will be replaced.
A low stone retaining wall will be built on the NE corner of W. Main/Stonewater (in front of Klaben Ford).
Ohio Edison, ATT & Warner Cable will be relocating their overhead lines underground for the first 500 feet of the project and then will remain overhead to the bridge. All of their lines will be on the east side of the road.
A traffic signal will be installed at West Main Street and will include pedestrian signals and pushbuttons to cross West Main and Stonewater.
The plans do not include any additional traffic control through the Lakes of Franklin Mills. The existing layout of Stonewater Drive through Franklin Mills includes traffic calming with the roundabout (and stop signs) at Admore, curved streets and the median at Fairchild.
Project Background (from City Capital Projects Web Site)
Project Location: Admore Drive (Stonewater Drive)
Project Budget: $1,060,000 ($353,000 from OPWC)
Design Start Date November 2007
Construction Start Date July 2009
The Admore Drive Extension project will connect West Main Street with the Lakes at Franklin Mills Development and provide a 1000’ long all purpose trail from West Main Street. The construction of a 10’ wide asphalt multi-use path will end at the existing bridge over Fish Creek. The trail will end south of Al Lease Park due to an insufficient bridge width to safely carry both vehicles and bikes.The project involves the construction of new curbs, pavement, sidewalks, storm sewer and waterline to update Admore Drive (Stonewater Drive) to the current standards for an improved street. Existing utilities will also be relocated underground.
This project also incorporates the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Admore Drive (Stonewater Drive) and West Main Street to accommodate the increase in traffic using this street for access.
The total project length is 1,400 feet (beginning at the West Main Street intersection and heading north).
Project Finish April 2010
Admore Drive (Stonewater Drive)