Middletown’s $6.6M Central Avenue improvement project to start early in 2022

This is how Central Avenue, looking west, appears today, months before construction is scheduled to begin. The 1/2-mile project is expected to cost about $6.6 million. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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This is how Central Avenue, looking west, appears today, months before construction is scheduled to begin. The 1/2-mile project is expected to cost about $6.6 million. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Most of the downtown project being funded through federal grant

MIDDLETOWN — By this time next year, a portion of Central Avenue in Middletown will look totally different.

Three years after receiving a grant from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments designated for 2022, the city is opening bids on the project that will reconstruct a 1/2-mile stretch of Central Avenue between University Boulevard to Verity Parkway.

Middletown City Council is expected to approve the bid at its next meeting on Dec. 7, then construction is scheduled to begin in March 2022 and be completed, weather permitting, in December 2022, according to a presentation Public Works Director Scott Tadych made at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

The $6.6 million project is being funded by a $4.18 million grant from OKI; $1 million from the sewer fund; $1 million from the water fund; and $450,000 from the storm sewer fund, according to Tadych.

He said the project will upgrade aging infrastructure that is in poor condition by replacing pavement, curb, sidewalk, water main and services, and street lighting. The project will also include rehabilitating the existing combined sewer, traffic calming, technology infrastructure, and other functional streetscape amenities consistent with the city’s downtown Master Plan.

Park benches, bike racks, trash receptacles and 20-foot teardrop street lights will be installed along Central Avenue. The light poles will allow the city to hang banners and flower baskets, Tadych said. There will be a land island in the middle of Central and Tadych said it could be a location for a piece of art in the future.

New signal installations, updated signal timing, and left turn lanes on Central Avenue will be installed at the existing signalized intersections with Verity Parkway and Clinton Street, he said.

In January, city leaders will start to meet with businesses, stakeholders and residents along Central Avenue who will be impacted by the construction and address their concerns, according to Tadych. The city also will place information on residents’ front doors.

The city has engaged with a construction management firm that will include a communications/public relations component, according to city documents. A comprehensive web site will include regular updates, the city said.

Tadych said signs will be erected to direct traffic downtown during the construction.

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This is an artist drawing showing Central Avenue, looking to the west. The city is planning on improving the downtown road in 2022 with red brick pavers, park benches, bike racks and street lights. SUBMITTED

This is an artist drawing showing Central Avenue, looking to the west. The city is planning on improving the downtown road in 2022 with red brick pavers, park benches, bike racks and street lights. SUBMITTED
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This is an artist drawing showing Central Avenue, looking to the west. The city is planning on improving the downtown road in 2022 with red brick pavers, park benches, bike racks and street lights. SUBMITTED


COST OF CENTRAL AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS

$4,185,000: Federal grant through OKI/ODOT

$1,000,000: Sewer fund

$1,000,000: Water fund

$450,000: Storm sewer fund

$6,635,000: Total estimated construction cost

SOURCE: City of Middletown

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