The city of Beavercreek is seeking federal funds to help pay for pavement work on North Fairfield Road near Crossings Boulevard. RICHARD WILSON/STAFF

Beavercreek seeks grants for $4.5M North Fairfield work

The city of Beavercreek is seeking federal funds as part of a competitive grant program that would lead to improvements along North Fairfield Road.

Beavercreek is among the communities in Montgomery, Greene, Miami and northern Warren counties that have submitted nearly 40 projects to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. More than $30 million in Federal Highway Administration funding is available.

The work planned on North Fairfield totals $4.5 million and is separated in three different applications: Reconstructing the sidewalk between Commons and Pentagon boulevards; resurfacing North Fairfield from Lakeview Drive to Crossing Boulevard; and repairing the pavement on North Fairfield from Crossings Boulevard to the I-675 ramp.

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The City of Beavercreek’s street fund was drained with clean-up efforts following the Memorial Day tornado.

Repair and resurfacing work would be planned for the evening hours to minimize the impact to traffic, said Beavercreek City Engineer Jeff Moorman.

“For any successful grant applications, we’d be looking at constructing the projects in the 2024/2025 timeframe,” Moorman said.

The sidewalk between Commons and Pentagon boulevards was built in the early 1990s and is “beginning to show its age with some rutting and uneven areas,” Moorman said.

Resurfacing work between Lakeview and Crossings would be scheduled for the evening hours, similar to work completed this year further south on North Fairfield.

Moorman said the work planned to repair the pavement between Crossinigs and I-675 will likely require lane closures, “but the majority of the work is currently planned for the evening hours when traffic volumes are lower.”

“This grant application was for the repair of joints in the existing concrete pavement and overlaying the repaired concrete pavement with asphalt,” Moorman said.

A few smaller road projects were delayed this year because most were already under contract when the tornado hit, according to City Manager Pete Landrum. Reductions are expected going forward, and the “specifics are still being worked through in the budget process,” Landrum said.

“The 2020 budget hearings are not until later in November, but there are proposed reductions to account for the funds spent/to be spent on the disaster,” Landrum said.

Only one other project is to be considered from Greene County — Resurfacing Bellbrook Avenue from Maumee Drive to Peacepipe Trail in Xenia.

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Xenia City Engineer Chris Berger said this project continues work that was completed in 2017 on Bellbrook between Colorado and Maumee drives. City staff will continue to seek grants in the future to complete Bellbrook resurfacing up to the intersection with West Second Street, Berger said.

“The rehabilitation of Bellbrook Avenue will result in city maintenance crews spending little, if any time for a handful of years filling pot holes and making concrete repairs,” Berger said. “The engineering staff continues to seek outside funding for the rehabilitation of its thoroughfares.”

MVRPC board members will meet in an open session to discuss the projects from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7. Based on staff members’ evaluations, the board will select which projects to recommend for funding in March 2020.

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