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Village plans safety upgrade

Woodstock project will improve Main Street.Government Spending Champaign County

The village of Woodstock is preparing to move ahead with a $327,000 project to eliminate a roadway hazard that has been a hassle to village residents for decades.

Beginning in mid-June, the village will begin work on a $327,000 project to raise the road grade on a section of South Main Street in downtown Woodstock. For decades, that section of road has contained a roughly two-foot dip in the road that filled with water during heavy rains, occasionally stranding drivers, said Bradley Herron, village administrator. The project will also allow the village to improve the curb and sidewalks in that section of the road.

“It’s a major project for the village, eliminating a roadway hazard that’s been in our village back to the 50s,” Herron said.

The village will chip in about $37,000, while the majority of the project will be paid for through a $289,000 Small Government Improvement Grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Herron said the issue was caused by a railroad crossing that previously ran through the location. The crossing no longer exists, but the road still has a slight dip left behind. Herron said he was not aware of any serious accidents, but residents have been stranded in high water passing through the village.

“Lately, we’ve had people that have been calling 911 to rescue them from something that is not life-threatening by any means,” Herron said.

The village has reached an agreement with J &J Schlaegel, based in Urbana, to perform the work. The project would likely begin in June and is expected to be completed in August. A detour is possible during construction, Herron said.

Kramer and Associates, an engineering firm based in Eaton, also assisted the village with planning the project, Herron said.

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