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New 1 MG Water Tower- A contract to install a new 1 MG elevated water storage tank in the Commerce Park off Union Cemetery Road was awarded to CB&I Constructors, Inc. on April 24, 2013. Construction started in July, 2013 and was completed in summer 2015.
Lever Park Elevated Water Storage Tank Maintenance- Repairs, exterior and interior repainting of the 500,000 gallon elevated water storage tank in Lever Park, off West Loveland Ave., is scheduled to begin in September of 2015. L.C. United Painting Co. was awarded a $419,000 contract to complete this work. Dixon Engineering, Inc. has performed existing condition inspections, engineered the specifications, and will inspect the work.
Water Line Replacement on Union Cemetery- The City of Loveland successfully applied for funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for a joint project with Symmes Township and Hamilton County. The City of Loveland’s portion of the project includes a $577,750 loan with 0% interest over a 20 year term to replace the 10” diameter water line on Union Cemetery Road with a 12” diameter pipe, and a $357,550 grant for resurfacing the roadway. Hamilton County and Symmes Township each have partial grants and matching funds that they wish to contribute to additional project scope, such as full depth pavement base repairs, limited section of new sidewalk, addition of a turn lane at Lebanon Road, etc. The low bid of $1,508,858.00 was submitted by Sunesis Construction. Final completion and restorations are underway.
Nisbet Park Playground Replacement- The City of Loveland is receiving a $56,290 Nature Works grant from ODNR, and will provide a $25,000 local match for improvements at Nisbet Park at the north end of Karl Brown Way. The project will include replacement of playground equipment, including ADA-compliant improvements, removal of a portion of the old asphalt road in the park and installation of a 5′ wide concrete pedestrian path. David Williams & Associates is designing the site plan and list of equipment expected to be purchased through US Communities, a national public procurement entity. Construction is expected to begin as early as Sept. 13, and be completed later this fall.
McCoy Trail Spur and Parking Lot- The City of Loveland and the State of Ohio through ODNR are funding the development of City-owned property south of Broadway Street. The project scope will include construction of a parking lot, connection to the Little Miami Scenic Trail, storm water quality treatment and detention, and associated work. Surveying and design were completed by Choice One Engineering. J.K. Meurer is the low bidder of the construction contract. Construction is anticipated to begin as early as October 1, 2015 and be completed in spring of 2016.
East Loveland Nature Preserve Pedestrian Bridge- The City of Loveland was awarded an 80% matching grant, up to $80,000 of a $100,000 cost, with federal funds from the Recreational Trails Program being administered through ODNR for the installation of a new pedestrian bridge from the parking lot at 227 East Loveland Avenue over Bares Run creek to improve public access into the East Loveland Nature Preserve. Choice One Engineering has completed the site surveying and is in the design stage. A bid opening is expected to be held in October, with construction anticipated to be complete by the end of the year, weather dependent.
Anniversary Park Parking Lot and Heights Repaving-The City of Loveland is providing a 10% local match and receiving funds from Hamilton County Community Development Block Grant for a total of $99,900 for this project. The project included milling and resurfacing the roadways of Englage, Florence, Brown, Highland, and West Main from the east terminus to Cherokee Dr., as well as installation of two new parking stalls at Anniversary Park on Englage Ave. The project was awarded to JK Meurer Corp. on July 14, 2015, and is substantially complete.
Annual Street Project– The annual street program was budgeted to have only $326,780 in 2015, approximately half of what is needed to maintain the City’s streets on a 15-year repaving cycle. Barrett Paving was awarded the 2014 contract, and has had their contract renewed for 2015. The 2015 program will include road milling and resurfacing on East Loveland Avenue from the Nature Preserve through the intersection of SR 48, Stockton Drive, Heidelberg Dr. between the north end of Stockton and Lindenhall, Woodwind & Thistlehill within the City limits, and a portion of Paxton Avenue. The road program will also include limited pavement repair areas on Third St., O’Bannon Ave., Heidelberg between West Loveland Ave. and the south end of Stockton, and on Harper Ave. Should there be sufficient funds remaining in the project budget after repairing and milling the other streets listed, a portion of Lindenhall Dr. may also be milled and paved, beginning at Lebanon Rd., going west. The contractor has delayed the road work due to heavy spring & summer rain. Pavement repairs on Third and O’Bannon are expected to be completed on Sept. 3 and 4, with the remainder of the work expected to be performed Sept. 10-14.
Annual Sidewalk Program– Sidewalks within the Right-of-Way are the maintenance responsibility of the adjacent property owner. The City is in its 6th year of pro-actively inspecting areas of the City for sidewalk tripping hazards. Inspections of existing conditions of sidewalks and driveway aprons have been completed in the Fox Meadow Farms subdivision on Heidelberg Dr., Rollins Dr., Lindenhall Dr., Wilmington Dr., Rutgers Ct., Lycoming St. and Lebanon Rd north of West Loveland Avenue. Maintenance violation letters were sent to those property owners where deficiencies were noted on March 27, with a deadline for compliance of June 5, 2015. The City’s contractor for the 2015 program, Towne Construction, has completed their work for the project for this year, and we may no longer accept voluntary sign-ups into the sidewalk program until spring 2016. Sidewalks in Glen Lake subdivision are slated to be inspected between fall 2015 and spring 2016 for summer 2016 enforcement.
For more information about these projects and others in Loveland, contact Cindy Klopfenstein, PE, City Engineer, at 683-1050 or CKlopfenstein@lovelandoh.com.