One of Fairfield’s biggest road projects to start this spring

One of the biggest road improvement projects in Fairfield this year could start this spring.

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.

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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.

The project on Seward Road won’t be widening 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 on the roadway as it was paved in recent years.

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

The last time Symmes Road was repaved was close to 20 years ago, which is when the old Fisher Body plant was a large vacant industrial warehouse.

“It does have a lot more tenants and that means more heavy users,” said Mann.

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