Troy Main Street construction project to cost more, take longer

Troy’s extensive West Main Street reconstruction project is going to cost a lot more money, take more time than originally estimated and very possibly won’t get under way this summer as planned.

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Troy’s extensive West Main Street reconstruction project is going to cost a lot more money, take more time than originally estimated and very possibly won’t get under way this summer as planned.

Troy’s extensive West Main Street reconstruction project is going to cost a lot more money, take more time than originally estimated and possibly won’t get under way this summer as planned.

Planning for the project that includes the rebuilding and widening of West Main Street (also known as Ohio 41) from just west of the Public Square to the near the Interstate 75 interchange has been in planning for a decade.

“We could not have picked a worse time to bid and start that project … But, once you get in that federal (funding) timeline, you are in it,” said Patrick Titterington, city service and safety director. He discussed the project via email and then during a State of the City program Thursday.

Phase one is the area west of the square to Ridge Avenue, and the second is west of Ridge Avenue to the area of Dorset Road.

Thanks to inflation, already existing supply chain and labor woes and now the war in Ukraine, there are several worries associated with the project.

For example, the estimated cost of phase one, once at $6.2 million, was up in recent months to $7.7 million and now is estimated at $9.2 million. Bids on phase one are scheduled to be opened April 6.

A potential bidder said contractors might not be able to begin this year, due issues with securing supplies, Titterington said.

Also, each phase likely will take 18 to 24 months versus 12 months. If that is the case, the two phases could overlap. Phase one was planned for this year followed by phase two in 2023.

“We had hoped, and still hope, we are able to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction,” during construction, Titterington said.

Because of cost and time issues, contractors have been asked how shutting down portions of the road during work would impact the price and time. “It is certainly not something we want to do but … we will be looking at every possibility,” he said.

Mayor Robin Oda said the city will be very prudent with tax dollars and make things as convenient as possible with the projects. People “might as well plan for some inconvenience” as the city works its way through the West Main Street and other planned capital projects in coming month, she said.

Among planned West Main Street project work will be:

- Widening the road.

- Burying or relocating rerouted overhead power lines.

- Replacing sidewalk, curb and gutter.

- Providing a four-foot grass strip between the street and the sidewalk.

- Placing a boulevard between Elm and Adams streets.

Pre-project work such as removing trees in the path of the planned work along West Main Street was done recently. A total of 21 trees were removed with plans to replace them all, some in different locations, Titterington said.

The city has added a project page on the city website to provide weekly possibly daily updates as the project moves forward. The website would be at www.troyohio.gov/westmain.

Contact this contributing writer at nancykburr@aol.com

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