LIMA — While spring brings warmer weather and higher pollen counts, it also jump-starts the prime construction periods for City of Lima projects. From the Elm Street underpass to Schoonover Lake updates, here’s a quick review.
Elm Street Underpass
Since dealing with the need to relocate a fiber line that set the project’s completion date back by eight months, the $13.8-million project to install an underpass on Elm Street and an associated roundabout replacing the Elm Street, Bellefontaine and Calumut avenues intersection has moved forward with an updated timeline. As of mid-April, city officials estimate the overall project is roughly 40% finished.
Latest completed work includes installing storm drains along the railroad and the rear abutment wall structure for its bridge. Public Works Director Howard Elstro said the project is scheduled to complete the work on the railroad bridge by Aug. 13, and train traffic will be diverted onto the track at that time.
The roundabout portion of the work — the second major stage of the project — will begin this on Oct. 18. Expected completion date has been set for June 24, 2020.
As for the increased costs caused by the project’s delay, the city may have legal avenues to ensure taxpayers don’t bear the brunt of the extra expense. Elstro said the city will have a better idea of those costs once the project’s construction company names the final bill. At that time, the city will have the option to negotiate with Century Link for any potential damages.
With one year gone since its groundbreaking, the Simmons Field overflow tank project has seen large strides made towards its completion. A total of 15,000 of cubic yards of concrete have been poured to create 75% of its base slabs, 70% of its exterior walls and 70% of the columns that will support top slabs. But with 20,000 cubic yards of concrete expected to be poured, there’s still plenty to be done before it is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021.
“It’s going well,” Utilities Director Mike Caprella said. “It’s the largest project, dollar-wise, the city has ever done and one of the most complicated projects and it’s on time and on budget.”
The $40 million project will create a 3.6 million cubic foot underground tank to store water during flooding to decrease the number of overflow events into the Ottawa River from the city’s wastewater treatment.
Lincoln Park Inclusive Playground
While the inclusive playground project, which aims to create a play space accessible to children with mental and physical disabilities, may not have the same large budgets as some of the city’s other projects, but it may be one of the most important, especially for those looking to utilize such an experience. Construction on the $270,000 project is expected to begin in June.
The $1.7 million project to update portions of Schoonover Lake is expected to begin in the first week of June now that the city has solidified its contract with the Fort Recovery company, Jutte Excavating, Elstro said. Updates include reinforcing Schoonover dam, restoring the lakes’ island with some landscaping, improving the south-side parking lot, adding a dirt bike pump track nearby and installing a floating fishing dock, which can be access by individuals with mobility challenges.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.