Kettering advancing more than $7 million in roadwork and other projects

Kettering has budgeted more than $5 million combined in 2022 for street maintenance, work to curbs and sidewalks and two traffic signal upgrade projects. FILE

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Kettering has budgeted more than $5 million combined in 2022 for street maintenance, work to curbs and sidewalks and two traffic signal upgrade projects. FILE

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KETTERING — The city is moving forward on what is estimated to be more than $7 million in projects, most of them involving road and traffic safety work.

Kettering plans to seek bids on several projects ranging from bikeway improvements with Centerville, road resurfacing work and traffic signal updates, records show.

Kettering has budgeted about $5.7 million for street maintenance, work to curbs and sidewalks and two traffic signal upgrade projects.

“The vast majority of the projects that we will be putting out to bid for roadway improvements (this year) are included” in a package of resolutions Kettering City Council approved Tuesday night, Assistant City Manager Steve Bergstresser said.

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“We like to have all of our roadway projects for a given year completed in that year,” he added. “So, it’s very important for us to start advertising for bids, opening bids in the February-March time frame.”

The work and estimated costs for the 2022 budgeted items include:

  • Street maintenance, $2.55 million. This involves the annual resurfacing program as well as work to Mad River and Spaulding roads.
  • Traffic signal replacement phase III, $1.84 million. This includes six signals “all on or near major thoroughfares,” Bergstresser said.

Three will be at David Road intersections (Bigger and Marshall roads, and Wilmington Pike), as well as crossings at Marshall and Wilmington, and Ackerman Boulevard and Dorothy Lane, he said.

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Work on all six signals is expected to take about 18 months due to supply chain problems, Bergstresser said.

  • Curb sidewalk and drive approaches, $1.17 million.
  • Smithville Road resurfacing from the Dayton corporation line to Wilmington Pike, $575,000.
  • Hewitt Avenue Bikeway Connector, $495,000. The connector will complete a trail crossing Interstate 675, and expand recreation options in Centerville and Kettering.
  • Ansel Drive bridge rehabilitation, $471,000.
  • West Stroop Road and Southern Boulevard traffic signal replacement, $200,000.

Kettering has budgeted about $15.7 million for capital projects this year, about $3 million fewer than 2021.

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Not among the capital projects approved this week for bid was the resurfacing of Forrer Boulevard from Woodman Drive to Smithville Road.

That project will receive nearly $2 million of the $13.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds Kettering has been told it will receive, city records show.

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