Some Beavercreek road projects move forward despite cost increases

Shakertown Road widening could begin this fall; bids open for Grange Hall project in November

BEAVERCREEK — Construction may be starting soon on one of two grant-funded Beavercreek road projects, after bids for the city’s road works for the year came in over 30% above estimates on average.

The six planned projects, which included a widening of Factory Road, resurfacing North Fairfield, widening of Grange Hall and Shakertown Roads, construction of an extension and water main for McGrath Way, and traffic light replacement came in 35.6% over the city’s budget estimate ($2.2 million higher cost).

Earlier this year, Beavercreek scrapped the major resurfacing project on North Fairfield Road between Commons and Crossing Boulevards near the mall, as rising costs necessitated a delay of the project to 2023. The city had budgeted $1.3 million for the resurfacing, but the lowest bid received was $2.3 million. By canceling the project along North Fairfield Road, the city used that project’s budget to offset the $1.1 million in overages of four other projects.

Beavercreek awarded the contract for the Shakertown Road widening project last month. Originally budgeted for $1.9 million, the project came in around $2.5 million. Utility work has begun on Shakertown and widening construction could begin as soon as this fall.

The project will expand Shakertown Road to three lanes and will install curb, gutter, and storm sewer on Shakertown between North Fairfield Road and Carthage Drive. Additionally, the project includes an eight-foot side path along the north side of the roadway, and a five-foot sidewalk along the south side.

For Grange Hall, the city received two grants, a $2.24 million grant from Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and an $868,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, with a cash match of $385,000.

That project will also add a center turn lane between Summerfield Drive and Kemp Road, with a shared-use path and a sidewalk on the west and east sides, respectively, and will address drainage issues. Most of the pavement will be fully replaced between Summerfield and Kemp, and Kemp Road will also be resurfaced in both directions near the Grange Hall Road intersection.

Beavercreek could lose those grants if the projects are not completed within the expected timeline, city manager Pete Landrum previously told the Dayton Daily News, and the city will be responsible for any overages, which are expected due to inflation. Bids open for Grange Hall Road in November.

Other projects this year include replacing all traffic signals and poles at two intersections along Dayton-Xenia Road and along North Fairfield Road. That project will cost $323,680, up from $250,000.

The creation of McGrath Way has already been postponed to 2023 due to a delay in materials. McGrath Way, which would connect Lantz Road at the intersection with North Fairfield to Dayton-Xenia Road immediately north of Wallaby Way, may be delayed further if bids for the intersections do not fall within the city’s budgetary estimates next year. Originally budgeted at $875,000, the project was awarded at $1.2 million, and the water main was awarded at $329,000.

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