“It will be a much smoother and safer corridor,” Harris said. “A lot of students use these intersections for lunch and anything else over there. This will make it more of a campus feel through there.”
Fairborn was awarded a $400,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, and the remaining balance will be paid out of the motor vehicle license tax fund ($967,000) and water construction fund ($93,500).
City Council awarded the construction contract last month to R.B. Jergens. R.B. Jergens’ bid was $1.39 million, and the city added a 5 percent contingency due to underground work. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for March 18, Harris said.
Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick said the improvements will make Colonel Glenn Highway more “student-friendly” to cross the street and use businesses.
“The whole idea is to make it safer for anybody crossing the street or driving down there,” Kirkpatrick said.
Dan Papay, WSU’s engineer, said the university will encourage students and faculty to use the Kauffman Avenue or Ohio 844 entrances. He said the university expects disruptions — just like any road project — but Colonel Glenn Highway is due for improvements.
“I’m not sure it’s particularly inviting to cross a four-lane road,” Papay said. “Putting in a median will calm the traffic and slow it down perhaps. It might make it more inviting to cross.”