McCreight Avenue $2.4M reconstruction project to start in October

McCreight Avenue between North Limestone and Murray Street. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
McCreight Avenue between North Limestone and Murray Street. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Springfield City Commissioners have approved a contract not to exceed $2.46 million in a project that aims to reconstruct parts of McCreight Avenue.

The ordinance passed by the city commission allows city manager Bryan Heck to enter into a contract on the city’s behalf with Brumbaugh Construction, Inc.

Road work associated with the project is slated to start next month.

The project will include the total reconstruction of the road starting from its intersection with North Limestone Street and ending at where it connects with North Murray Street.

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That work will include new curbs, gutters and water lines as well as making portions of that stretch flatter, said Chris Moore, the city’s service director.

He added that the project will also include paving the section of East McCreight Avenue that is situated between North Murray Street and Cedarview Drive.

The entire project is slated to be completed by this time next year. About $1.2 million of its cost will come from the Ohio Department of Transportation and another $300,000 is coming from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Moore said the project has been planned for at least three years as the area has gradually seen more traffic. He mentioned that the subsurface of the road needs work and that the waterline underneath is about 100 years-old.

“You can only resurface the road so many times before you need to do a reconstruction,” Moore said.

It comes at a time when work is being done on more than a dozen sections of road in the city. However, with the beginning of construction on McCreight, it will be the largest project out of those.

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A similar project targeting sections of North Belmont Avenue is wrapping up. It started late last year and should be largely completed by the end of this month, Moore said.

It involved a total reconstruction of portions of the avenue, replacing old road. That project costs roughly $2.6 million, with 80% of that money coming from ODOT.

Moore said that the coronavirus pandemic has had a very minimal effect on road construction projects taking place in the city.

“In some cases, there were delays in getting certain materials. We worked around that in how the projects were phased,” Moore said.

“We have been able to work outside and maintain social distancing. The big projects are all on schedule," he added.