The additional money for both projects was approved by Kettering City Council earlier this week.
Labor shortages among road contractors has “been an ongoing issue for a number of years now,” Bergstresser said. “But it’s made worse by the state of the job market.”
The Forrer work will be started by Barrett Paving Inc. likely in May or June, he said. Lane closures and traffic delays are expected, according to the city.
“As of right now we intend to maintain traffic,” Bergstresser said. “On the east end of the project between Culver and Woodman we’re going to be removing all of the underlying pavement in that area.”
The work includes repairing deteriorated curbs, sidewalks and drive approaches, “full-depth pavement replacement” in sections, and asphalt resurfacing, city records show.
Work is targeted for completion by the end of this year or spring 2023, Bergstresser said.
The Stroop/Southern traffic signal work by Capital Electric may start this summer but is expected to take a couple of years to complete, he said.
Crews will rebuild the intersection’s traffic signal, installing new mast arm poles, equipment, and fiber optic cables, according to city documents.
“There will certainly be lane closures from time to time ... but no significant traffic impact,” Bergstresser said.