Fairfield businesses hope Symmes Road project adds curb appeal

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Fairfield businesses hope Symmes Road project adds curb appeal

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Michael D. Pitman
Symmes Road between Ohio 4 and North Gilmore is set to be widened this spring.

Fairfield-based chemical company Tedia has trucks traveling Symmes Road several times a day, so they’d welcome an upgraded road, said a company spokesperson.

“We get a lot of trailer and truck traffic, so I would think that makes the road more accessible and safer,” said Rozy Park, Tedia’s director of culture, human resources and legal affairs.

City Council recently awarded John R. Jurgensen the contract to realign and widen Symmes Road from Ohio 4 to North Gilmore Road, which includes an overlay and re-striping to include a west-bound turn lane at Bach Lane and a center turn lane from Bach to Hicks Boulevard, said Fairfield City Engineer Ben Mann.

“It definitely needs it,” said Dave Freeman, a co-owner of Star Building Materials on Symmes.

The project won’t make much of a difference in their business, but it will make it safer as “it’s been years since it’s been redone,” he said.

Freeman and Park also hope the improvements will add a little more curb appeal to the road that hasn’t been repaved in some two decades.

“If it looks a little bit more attractive, that would be nice,” Park said. “We’re a growing business so we’d like to have a nice image.”

John R. Jurgensen’s winning bid came in at just under $930,000 for the project that includes shoring up Seward Road from Tylersville to just past the railroad tracks just north of the Miami-Erie Canal Bike Path. The initial estimate was at $1.16 million.

Seward Road project isn’t a widening of the road, Mann said, but rather extending the shoulders and “fixing the edges to make it safer.” Mann said there won’t be any overlay of the road connected with this project since it was re-paved in recent years.

“It’s almost more of a maintenance project,” he said.

Mann said there will be a pre-construction meeting this week but anticipates construction starting in late April or early May, and wrapping up by early summer.

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