by JP Miklovic
The Village of North Baltimore will be installing a new waterline in the Downtown Business District, tentatively beginning Monday, March 13, 2017.
The $289,950 project will find Buckeye Excavating, out of Monroeville, Ohio, begin installation of a 12″ water main just south of the Main Street CSX crossing, near State Street at the 4 – way. Buckeye will bore under the CSX Mainline tracks and work north to Broadway, over the next several weeks.
Village Administrator, Allyson Murray says that the new line runs parallel to the existing line, which should reduce actual water outages at the businesses and residences (apartments) in the downtown area, because crews should only have to shut an individual line down, as connection is made to the new water line, which should generally take a couple of hours. Murray hopes to visit each downtown water customer on the day that work is scheduled to happen at their location. She doesn’t anticipate the need for any businesses to close during the construction, but did say that there will be some restrictions on traffic and parking in the downtown during the project.
North Baltimore has been trying to get momentum for downtown renovation and beautification for at least 30 years, with little actual result, due to economic, governmental, funding and other infrastructure challenges, including this water main and the sewer separation project that was completed in 2014. This project, which is Phase One (of four, maybe more) will cost $289,950, it is being funded by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant in that same amount.
Phase II of the waterline project, which will extend the line from Broadway north to Walnut Street, has also has been approved. Murray said that she received notice last week that OPWC is giving the village a grant for $132,808 and a low interest loan for $132,807. This will allow for completion of all underground work ahead of the Downtown Revitalization project Phase Three that is scheduled to begin in July of 2018. That project will include upgrades to sidewalks, lighting, traffic control devises, trash receptacles, curbing and street markings. Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, is working on the design plan for downtown. More details will be coming soon!