Bo Starcher with Aero-Mark pavement marking specialists puts down lines to take Verity Parkway down to two lanes in sections of downtown Middletown Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Watch out, Middletown drivers: Lanes being reduced on Verity Parkway

City Council on Tuesday approved an emergency ordinance to contract with The Aero Mark Company LLC to reduce the number of traffic lanes for traffic calming purposes between Girard Avenue and Reinartz Boulevard.

The lane reduction will also provide some new parking lanes where possible, according to city officials.

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The city engineering staff consulted with Strand Associates to prepare a striping plan that reduces the existing four-lane sections on Clinton Street and Canal Street to two lanes. City officials said the new striping plan is compliant with Ohio Department of Transportation Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices standards.

The city’s street maintenance division will be modifying street signage to be consistent with the new striping.

City officials said the new striping and signage installation should take about a week to complete, weather permitting.

The Aero Mark Company was the low bidder on the 2019 pavement marking program and was the only contractor requested to bid due to the limited time remaining this year to complete the work. The project is not to exceed $60,000.

City officials said the intent is to complete the work this year and may require the application of standard traffic paint in place of the longer lasting thermoplastic paint markings which require warmer temperatures to apply. Thermoplastic paint markings will be utilized if weather permits, officials said.

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