July 24, 2016

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Guilford project gets OK to finish

MEDINA — The third and final phase of the Guilford Boulevard reconstruction project that began in 2004 is moving forward.

The city’s Engineering Department will be putting the project out to bid next week, City Engineer Patrick Patton said. There will be a three-week bidding process and a contract likely would be awarded by the end of February, he said.

The final phase of the Guilford project is estimated to cost $851,585 with a $431,952 federal grant covering about half of it, Patton said. The city will pay the remaining $419,633 with funds specifically allocated for street improvement projects generated from the income tax increase voters approved in 2003, Patton said.

mg_a1cl5x012710guilford01kb-copyMedina City Council voted Monday night to begin the bidding process for the final phase of the Guilford Boulevard project. City Engineer Patrick Patton said the project, which will replace the road between East Smith Road and East Washington Street, will begin in the spring and is expected to be completed by August. (Kaitlin Bushinski / Gazette)

The first phase of the Guilford reconstruction project started in 2004 and crews replaced the street between Twin Oaks Boulevard and Deepwood Drive. The second phase, Deepwood to East Smith Road, was completed in 2005, Patton said.

The final phase, on hold while the city worked to meet the grant requirements, will replace the road between East Smith Road and East Washington Street.

“I think it was 2006 or 2007 when we initially got the grant. It’s just taken this long to work through the process. When you have federal funds, you’re tied to the federal requirements, and they’re tied to things like archaeological and environmental reviews,” Patton said.

“It’s a godsend when you get these funds. You just have to follow their rules,” he said.

The three phases combined, the Guilford project will cost about $2.2 million, according to figures Patton provided. The city has funded most of project, with the only outside funding coming from the federal grant for the final phase, he said.

Construction will begin in the spring “when the weather breaks,” Patton said, and estimated the project would be completed by August.

“We’re excited to get this done,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Besides replacing the pavement, the storm sewers, water lines and streetscaping will be upgraded, Patton said.

During construction, Guilford between East Smith and East Washington will be closed to through traffic, Patton said.

“(Guilford) is the most-used route for the folks in the southeast quadrant of the city,” Mayor Dennis Hanwell said, noting many people use the street to reach Heritage Elementary School and Medina Hospital.

“We think it’s going to be a great improvement to the city to get that project completed. It’s very much needed,” he said.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@ohio.net.