FREDERICKTOWN – The Fredericktown streetscape project will be completed in one phase, instead of the two phases initially proposed.
The improvements to the street are expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Based on initial conversations with officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation, construction will likely begin in the summer of 2023, the administrator said. Bruce Snell village.
The project‘s subcontractor, EDGE Construction, recently created concept drawings for the project.
âThe purpose of these renderings is strictly to give us a general idea of ââwhat we can expect to see downtown after the project is complete,â Snell said.
EDGE will take care of the aesthetic design elements of the project, while the village’s contract engineering company, KE McCartney & Associates of Mansfield, will take care of the engineering and structural design.
“We wish we could start the project ‘yesterday’ but we have to wait until 2023 to receive the federal grant, which will cover about 95% of the actual construction costs of this project,” said Snell.
The remaining 5% will be covered by the village, he said.
Fredericktown received its first grant installment from the Ohio Department of Transportation in the amount of $ 922,000 in 2019, and received an additional $ 470,000 from ODOT last June.
The total grant of approximately $ 1 million will fund pedestrian safety improvements (widening sidewalks and traffic lanes) and revitalization efforts (replacing traffic lights and lampposts with historic designs).
The grant is provided through ODT’s Transportation Options Program, which funds projects that improve non-driver access to public transportation and community improvement activities.
As for the ongoing work, the Knox County Foundation began separate revitalization efforts in line with the Streetscape Project in May 2021, through which a plaza, playground (an outdoor play area with sprinklers and fountains) and heated public toilets are under construction on the west side of Main Street.
âThe (village) steering committee continues to work with the group that is building the water park,â Snell said.
The Knox County Foundation is completing the portion of the streetscape in front of the plaza, so the village helps choose benches, bins and other items that fit the overall design concept, Snell said.
Emma Davis graduated in 2021 from the University of Richmond, where she holds a BA in Journalism and Leadership Studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source via Report for America.