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By Melanie Yingst

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Melanie Yingst

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TROY — Adams Street will be getting a face lift this year, thanks to a competitive bid climate for the Adams Street Bridge project during the height of the economic recession.

On Monday, Troy City council approved to seek bids for the Adam Street “streetscape” including upgrades to the curbs, sidewalks, lighting and even the Hobart Arena sign from north of the bridge to Staunton Road. The project includes a decorative wall and redesigned entrances to Community Park. Council passed a resolution to seek bids for the project for an estimated amount not to exceed $555,000.

The project will be paid for with funds from the Adams Street permissive tax, which collected nearly $700,000 from 2009 through 2012.

The Adams Street permissive tax could only spend the funds on the bridge and its surrounding area, according to city officials.

Council member Robin Oda voted no for the project. On Monday, Oda said she felt the city could find cheaper alternatives to improve safety with crosswalks and flashing warning lights in the area.

When the city of Troy was informed that the Ohio Department of Transportation recommended to rebuild the Adams Street Bridge, state and other officials estimated the city’s share of the initial estimated $10.5 million bridge project would be approximately $2 million during the design phase of the bridge.

Yet, with county bridge funds, state funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation, multiple grants awarded for the project and a cut-throat competitive construction bid climate during the recession, the Adams Street Bridge project’s initial $10. 5 million bridge budget was whittled down to $6 million.

Thus, the city of Troy’s share also dramatically dropped from approximately $2 million to its final $99,000 share of the Adams Street bridge project.

“It was due to ODOT’s recalculation of responsibilities, the Miami County Engineer doing a great job of getting outside grants and a very competitive bid award that was much lower than ODOT’s original estimate,” said city of Troy’s Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington.

The Adams Street permissive tax began collection in 2009, but ended in 2012 when final budget numbers were released.

“We had almost $700,000 collected of the $2 million we thought we needed. By the time all the extra grants came in and the design costs were figured, the bridge costs were several million dollars lower than expected, ” said Deborah Swan, city of Troy engineer. “The design of the bridge took five years. So we thought we were going to have this $2 million bill, not knowing that we’d have the grants and other funding come through.”

The city of Troy collected a total of $693,830.23 of Permissive Tax money for Adams Street, according to Swan. The city paid approximately $99,000 for the Adams Street Bridge, Swan said. The Adams Street permissive tax fund currently has a balance of $563,830.

Swan said if the Adams Streetscape project has a leftover balance after the bid process, the remaining funds will be used to pave Adams Street between Water and Main streets after the demolition of the Hobart building.

City council approved a permissive tax in 2013, which began collection on Jan. 1, 2014. The permissive tax will fund city street paving projects, which was budgeted for $600,000 in 2014, Titterington said.

“The revenues are deposited directly into the Capital Improvement Fund 441 and is used exclusively for road repaving, which is budgeted for $600,000 in 2014,’” Titterington said.

The scope of the Adams Streetscape work includes safety and aesthetic enhancements to the entrances at the Hobart Arena and Community Park, paving Adams Street from the north bridge deck to Staunton Road and lighting enhancements in the same area, replacing the Hobart Arena sign and bike path repairs due to the roadway construction.

A more detailed breakdown of the project elements and estimated costs of the Adams Streetscape project are: Signs and striping — $7,360; bike path — $10,020; storm sewer modifications — $24,020; general construction — $68,405; new sidewalk and curb — $70,380; asphalt/planing — $77,591; decorative wall — $78,555; new lights/underground electric — $167,832; and allowance for Hobart sign — $50,837.

• From the north side of the bridge to Staunton Road will be repaved with new curbs and sidewalks.

• The Hobart Arena sign’s art deco columns will stay in tact while the marquee board will be replaced.

• The north entrance to the Troy Community Park will be made slightly wider once the southern entrance is closed off.

• A brick, landscape paver wall topped with wrought iron fencing will line Community Park and close the south entrance to the park to reconfigure traffic, particularly during Hobart Arena events. The north entrance will remain.

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