Fairborn is planning to invest nearly $2 million total on three projects to upgrade the city’s bikeway system, increase traffic to downtown and prepare for anticipated development, city officials said.
City Council recently approved a professional services agreement with LJB, Inc. for $272,432 to provide engineering designs for the three projects — the bikeway connector, Xenia Drive improvements and the widening of Dayton Drive.
The bikeway connector and Xenia Drive projects are scheduled to begin next year and take four-to-six months to complete, city engineer Jim Sawyer said. The Dayton Drive project won’t be until 2017.
“The idea of the three projects is to bring together a comprehensive plan for business growth, traffic flows and increasing the volume of activity in our downtown area,” City Manager Deborah McDonnell said. “It will be a nice addition to improving the city overall.”
The bikeway connector project consists of a 10-foot-wide hard surface approximately three-quarters of a mile, mostly within the right-of-way along Dayton Drive. It is estimated to cost $666,204, with $380,185 coming from a CMAQ grant. The remainder of the balance will be paid for out of the parks/recreation and general capital improvement funds.
The bikeway will connect the existing bikeway on Central Avenue at South Street to the end of the existing bikeway on Xenia Drive, just east of the railroad tracks and in front of Calamityville. It will cross at Maple Avenue and enter Central Park, making its way to the Central Avenue bikeway.
“It’s great to see the pathway being developed and finally come together,” Councilman Dan Kirkpatrick said.
The Xenia Drive project is estimated to cost $438,055, which will be paid for out of the city’s street levy and water/sewer funds. Work includes increasing the waterline, sanitary sewer capacity and storm sewer capacity.
The Dayton Drive project will widen the road from two lanes to four lanes from Main Street to Maple Avenue, along with rehabilitating the storm sewer to facilitate the widening. It will take about six months to complete, Sawyer said.
Cost is estimated to be $806,265, and the city was awarded a $504,572 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation. The remaining balance will come from the county motor vehicle tax fund and the potential street levy, if it passes in 2014.
“We wouldn’t be doing these projects if they weren’t benefiting the community somehow,” Sawyer said. “Money is hard to come by, and we’re fortunate to receive grant money to contribute to the local funds. In the years to come, this will all be an asset to the city and used by people for a very long time.”
The LJB contract will be paid for out of four funds — street levy, water/sewer, county motor vehicle tax and parks/recreation. The designs should be finished by the end of October, Sawyer said.