By Jeff Gallatin
Bay Village officials said the completion of the $1.4 million Cahoon Road sewer project will be delayed until the end of June.
Service Director Scott Thomas said Friday the project, which had been expected to be concluded in early June, instead will likely not be completed until the end of the month.
Thomas said working out a schedule for the paving of the roadway in the project area is causing the delay. Burton Scot Contractors, a Newbury, Ohio, firm, is handling the paving portion of the project, which the city undertook to meet federal Environmental Protection Agency mandates to upgrade Bay Village’s sewer system. The project got underway last year, with traffic being rerouted or directed through different portions of the area as a result of the large scope of the project.
“It’s a busy time of year for contractors,” Thomas said. “We’ve been working closely with them and they’ve been very cooperative with the city in terms of getting the work done and trying to keep the disruption to a minimum. They’re wrapping up a lot of the other portions of the work, it’s just going to take a little longer to get the contractors in for the paving portion. There will be some cleanup work and other small parts of the project to wrap up, but the paving should be completed by the end of June.”
Thomas said the work will also be timed with the scheduled Osborn Road project nearby to try to cause as little disruption of traffic as possible for residents of the project areas, as well as motorists going through the construction zones.
“There won’t be work scheduled in both areas at the same time when it could potentially cause a bigger problem,” he said.
City and project workers have maintained traffic through different portions of the construction zone in the Cahoon Road area as work was done on them. Different portions have been closed down as the work progressed. Thomas said the area should revert to a more normal traffic flow with the expected completion of the paving work later this month.
“We want the paving portion of the work done by the end of June and before the start of Bay Days and the Fourth of July fireworks,” he said. “That roadway is a major exit area during those days.”
Mayor Debbie Sutherland said the slight delay shouldn’t cause any major problems.
“They were moving fairly quickly and actually got ahead of schedule, so this is back closer to the original estimates,” she said.
Sutherland said the delay won’t cause any problems with the EPA.
“No, we should be fine with the EPA,” she said. “They want to make sure we get it done and meet the mandates. We have a good working relationship with the EPA on this and other projects.”