Date: May 11, 2007
To: Dave Ruller, City Manager
Gene Roberts, Service Director
From: Chris Tolnar, City Engineer
Subject: Engineering Division
Project Update & Status Report
The following is a summary of the major work efforts currently underway within the Division of Engineering. Each project includes a brief description of its status and provides insight into some of the outstanding project issues.
Admore Drive Reconstruction
The project is currently under design and based on the recent announcement by Don Joseph Toyota and their willingness to contribute needed easement area for the project the Division will begin to move forward into detailed plan development. The Ohio Public Works Commission has also informed the City that is has approved the request for funding through the Issue 2 process. The grant was applied for to offset the project cost and to make the placement of a traffic signal at the intersection of SR 59 possible.
SR 43 Resurfacing – ODOT
The Ohio Department of Transportation and their contractor (Kenmore Construction, Akron OH) will begin resurfacing SR 43 from SR 261 north to SR 59 and River Street beginning in early June. The Engineering Division has met with the State and the Contractor to discuss the project and anticipates construction to last approximately 90 days. Lane restrictions and will be used but a minimum of one lane in each direction will be maintained throughout the project.
Sub Area Q – Phase 3
The contrctor has remobilized and anticipates completing the outstanding work in preparation for final seeding and pavement restoration within the next few weeks. The Division is working with a landscaping contractor to place topsoil and seed the entire project area. The Portage County Engineer will provide the seal coat surface treatment for the effected area this summer.
Sub Area Q – Phase 4
The Division has held the preliminary public meeting to begin this assessment project that is a continuation of the three prior phases. The consultant is in the process of completing the final design.
Spaulding Drive Bridge
The Division is planning to select a consultant to design the bridge replacement for Spaulding Drive. This project was selected to receive funding from the Municipal Bridge Funds provided through ODOT and is identified for construction in 2008.
Fairchild Bridge (Crain Avenue Bridge)
The consultants have begun the real estate and right-of-way acquisition process. The Division anticipates the City will be in a position to begin making offers to property owners by June of this year. The Division has also met with the Portage County Engineer to discuss the project and financial commitment and is optimistic that an agreement will be reached to allow the next stage of the plan preparation to begin this summer.
River Bend Subdivision
The Division continues to provide construction inspection and technical assistance to the developer for Phase 4 and 5 of the subdivision. The developer has completed the utility work and has placed asphalt in Phase 4 of the project area.
White Oak Hills Subdivision
The Division continues to provide construction inspection and technical assistance to the developer for Phase 3 of the subdivision. The developer is in the process of completing the utility work and should begin roadway work this summer.
The Portage Hike & Bike Trail
The Division is working with the consultant to design the plans for the section of the hike and bike trail beginning at Middlebury Road and the Cuyahoga River Crossing and continuing to Tannery Park. This project is scheduled to bid early in 2008.
Franklin Hill Water Main
The contractor has completed the installation of the water main and will begin to tie the 40+ residents into the new line once Central Maintenance has completed the testing of the line.
The Villas of Oak Knolls
The developer has submitted preliminary plans to the Division for the construction of the sanitary sewer and water mains to service the planned condominium complex north of the city limits on SR 43.
Northeast Central Storm Sewer Study
The Division anticipates presenting the findings of the study for the area (Harvey, Miller, Dansel, Doromor, Steele, etc) this summer and will provide a recommendation for the construction project identified currently as the Harvey/Lake Outfall in the 2007 cap plan.
Citywide Signal Improvement Study
The Division anticipates presenting the findings of the study this summer and will begin the design of the first phase of the signal project subsequent to the final acceptance. The City received $1.6 million in AMATS funding for the first phase of the signal project the include the replacement of 11 signals along SR 59 from Middlebury Road east to Horning Road and the Summit Street/SR 43 signal as well.
SUMMER CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES IMPACT KENT STATE
From the Office of the University Architect
The Department of Residence Services’ administrative offices will temporarily relocate to KOONCE HALL on Sunday, May 13, for the duration of a restroom renovation project and will move back to KORB HALL by Wednesday, August 1.
The Regional Development and Regional Campus staff from the Lincoln Building will relocate to the second floor of the Michael Schwartz Center. The College of Continuing Studies has relocated to temporary facilities while the work progresses. By July 1, the offices of Regional Development and Regional Campuses Administration will move out of the LINCOLN BUILDING and into their newly-renovated spaces in MICHAEL SCHWARTZ CENTER. Then the Department of Pan-African Studies will temporarily relocate to the LINCOLN BUILDING while OSCAR RITCHIE HALL is under construction.
KENT CAMPUS ELEVATOR JACK REPLACEMENTS
Starting May 14, elevator jacks will be replaced in the Cunningham Hall, Smith Hall, Business Administration Building, and Terrace Hall (HR and ROTC). Existing underground hydraulic jack units will be removed and replaced with new units with a double bottom type cylinder and a PVC liner.
Repairs will require EACH ELEVATOR to be SHUT DOWN for FOUR CONTINUOUS WEEKS, based on the following schedule:
CUNNINGHAM HALL Elevator: Monday, May 14, through Friday, June 8
SMITH HALL Elevator: Monday, May 14, through Friday, June 8
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING Elevators:
North Elevator #1: Monday, June 25, through Friday, July 20 South Elevator #2: Monday, July 23, through Friday, August 17 TERRACE HALL Elevator: Monday, September 10, through Friday, October 5
STARK CAMPUS FINE ARTS BUILDING ELEVATOR JACK REPLACEMENT
The elevator jack will be replaced in the original building of STARK CAMPUS FINE ARTS BUILDING; the elevator in the Fine Arts addition will remain in service. The existing underground hydraulic jack unit will be removed and replaced with a new unit with a double bottom type cylinder and a PVC liner. Repairs will require the ELEVATOR to be SHUT DOWN for FOUR CONTINUOUS WEEKS, starting Monday, May 14, and continuing through Friday, June 8.
BUILDINGS CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION:
Construction continues at Franklin Hall, the future home to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Although McGilvrey Hall remains open for business as usual, the sidewalk north of McGilvrey Hall is closed and the sidewalk west of Franklin Hall, along the east side of Lincoln Street, is also closed; pedestrians must use the sidewalk on the west side of the street until new sidewalks are installed. Storm sewer tie-in work from the Franklin Hall construction site to the city sewer system begins May 14. Most of the work will be on the site or in the sidewalk area of Hilltop Drive; however, the tie-in involves crossing the entry onto Hilltop Drive at Lincoln Street. During this work, one lane of traffic will be maintained and the contractor will make all efforts to minimize any delays. The work crossing this entrance should be completed by Friday, May 18.
RESIDENCE HALLS CLOSED FOR SUMMER RENOVATIONS
CLARK HALL is closed from May 14 until August 18.
FLETCHER HALL is closed from May 14 until August 18.
KORB HALL is closed from May 14 until August 1.
LAKE and OLSON RESIDENCE HALLS are closed from May 14 until August 18.
Water for sinks and restrooms remain available in areas that are located in between the two residence halls. Although the Art faculty office and graduate student area are closed, the workspace area is open for classes.
For general reference, a construction detour map, as well as a complete listing and status of design and construction projects administered by the Office of the University Architect, can be accessed via the Internet at the URL:
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding campus access related to summer construction activities. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation while these improvement projects get underway.
Jacqueline S. Mest, Contract Manager
Kent State University Office of the University Architect
Suite 334 Lowry Hall, P.O. Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
voice: 330.672.7992 e-mail:
OUA Home page:
Construction Detour Alerts:
switchboard: 330.672.3880 fax: 330.672.2648http://www.kent.edu/universityarchitect/ http://www.kent.edu/universityarchitect/ConstructionDetours.cfm