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. Sunesis Construction was awarded a contract approximately 13% under budget for the project and expects to have work completed by the end of January, 2016.
Downtown Traffic Signal Improvements- The City of Loveland has budgeted $119,500 for an overall engineering study and construction improvements to the traffic signals in downtown Loveland for 2016. The three intersections (SR 48 at Broadway, SR 48 at W. Loveland, and W. Loveland at Karl Brown) will all receive radar vehicular detection capability as well as pedestrian push-buttons, as needed. The construction contract is expected to be awarded in January to Capital Electric, beginning work shortly thereafter.
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 began in October, 2015, is on a hiatus over the winter, and will be completed in spring of 2016.
Nisbet Park Picnic Shelter Improvements– The City of Loveland is receiving a $19,050 Nature Works grant from ODNR, and will provide a local match for improvements at Nisbet Park at the north end of Karl Brown Way. The project will include improvements to the existing picnic shelter, including replacement of the concrete foundation and installation of gutters and downspouts.
Annual Street Project– The annual street program was budgeted to have only $301,121 in 2016, less than half of what is needed to maintain the City’s streets on a 15-year repaving cycle. The contract is anticipated to be advertised in February 2016, with determination of scope in the spring, and summer construction.
For more information about these projects and others in Loveland, contact Cindy Klopfenstein, PE, City Engineer, at 683-1050 or CKlopfenstein@lovelandoh.com.