MOUNT VERNON — Work should begin on the Pleasant Street reconstruction and water line replacement project in the middle of August, City Engineer Brian Ball reported Friday.
Ball said a preconstruction meeting was held with Canyon Construction this week and the company is still working out some subcontractor details, so an exact construction schedule is not yet done.
He said the city has been working with Columbia Gas to help them expedite work in the area and neighbors will be notified by letter about the work schedule. The city has also been working with the city schools on their bus routes around the construction zone.
Canyon Construction has done the city’s last five brick street reconstruction projects.
Ball also reported that the Coshocton Avenue/Vernedale Drive/Kroger entrance improvement project is out for bids. Bids will be opened Aug. 24. He said the city needs to add about seven feet to the paving on the north side of Coshocton and should be able to do most of the work with only closing the west turn lane.
Ball said the city was informed at the preconstruction meeting with the Ohio Department of Transportation and Kokosing Construction Co. that paving will start on Ohio 229 at the Morrow County line Aug. 14. They should be in Mount Vernon in September and will pave as far as Center Run on Gambier Avenue.
Ball said the city is seeking public comment on whether to replace the flashing lights on Mulberry Street at Hamtramck Street. They are looking at replacing the flashing lights with stop signs that utilize solar-powered flashing LED lights. That will enable the city to remove a meter and controller, save on electricity and still achieve the same result of slowing down traffic on Mulberry.
City Council will have the final say on removing the old flashing lights.