Middletown ready for next phase of Yankee Road reconstruction

Phase 3 of the Yankee Road project, between Lafayette Avenue and Oxford State Road, is expected to begin this spring. The project will include a total reconstruction of the roadway and utility replacement and other improvements. CONTRIBUTED
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Phase 3 of the Yankee Road project, between Lafayette Avenue and Oxford State Road, is expected to begin this spring. The project will include a total reconstruction of the roadway and utility replacement and other improvements. CONTRIBUTED

Orange barrels will become part of the landscape on Yankee Road this summer.

Middletown City Council is expected to award a contract for Phase 3 of the Yankee Road project between Lafayette Avenue and Oxford State Road.

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The project consists of a total reconstruction of the roadway, including widening, realignment, water main replacement, storm sewer improvements, and traffic signal replacement. In addition, the roadway will have heavy-duty pavement to accommodate truck traffic, according to city officials.

The Yankee Road project will complement the $6.5 million two-mile widening and reconstruction of Oxford State Road from Yankee Road to Spurlino Materials which is projected to be completed in late 2017.

Eight contractors submitted bids for the project. Kelchner Inc. of Springboro submitted the lowest and best bid of $5.97 million, which was 9 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate and 5 percent lower than the next bidder, according to a staff report prepared by City Engineer Rob Nicolls.

Bids on the project ranged in price from $5.97 million to $8.88 million.

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City officials said the project will be funded by $3.77 million in OKI and Ohio Public Works Commission grants; $1.5 million from the city’s water capital reserve fund; and $700,000 from the city’s storm sewer capital fund. The local funds were included in the city’s 2017 Capital Improvement Budget.

Council heard the first reading of the ordinance to award the contract at its meeting last week and is expected to approve it at its April 4 meeting.