The 2018 road construction season is another busy one for Upper Arlington, representing year five of the City’s first 10-year Capital Improvement Program planning process, designed to bring the City’s inventory of outstanding infrastructure maintenance needs to an acceptable standard, and setting the stage for staying current with needs into the future. It was made possible by Upper Arlington voter support of an increase in the income tax rate of .5% in 2014—bringing UA’s rate to 2.5%—with all funds generated by the increase dedicated to meeting our capital needs.
The 10-Year Capital Improvement Program is updated every two years, with two new “Years 9 and 10” added as each “Year 1 and 2” are completed. As part of this update, some projects change project year, based on a reassessment of priorities and conditions at the time of a reassessment process. This typically does not affect projects identified for “Years 1-3” but can result in adjustments for “Years 4-10.”
These projects are comprised of the complete “ground-up” removal and replacement of a roadway—new pavement, new curb & gutter, new drive approaches, and the restoration of any affected lawn areas. This work may also include the installation of new underground utilities. Roadway Reconstruction projects tend to be multi-phased and frequently require the closure of the affected roadway for an extended period.
- PHASE I
- Anson Street – Overdale Drive to Hillview Drive – began April 12
- Bickley Place – Anson Street to Johnston Road – began April 12
- Donna Drive – Fairlington Drive to Center Drive – began April 12
- Lytham Road – Bickley Place to Fenwick Road – began April 16
- New sidewalks will also be installed on one side of the street from Glenda Place to Fenwick Road, as part of the City’s efforts to install new sidewalks on collector and arterial streets as reconstruction projects occur.
- Reed Road – McCoy Road to Lane Road – began May 29
- Stonehaven Drive – Stonehaven Drive to Chevy Chase Avenue – TBA
- PHASE II
- Abington Road – Mountview Road to Redding Road – TBA
- Ashland Avenue – Corp. line to Stanford Road – began June 1
- Brandon Road – Northam Road to Ridgeview Road – TBA
- Coventry Road – Cambridge Boulevard to Waltham Road – began April 30
- Fairfax Road – Waltham Road to Guilford Road – TBA
- Sudbury Road – Inchcliff Road to Zollinger Road – TBA
- Tewksbury Road – Oxford Road to Arlington Avenue – TBA
- Westwood Avenue – Tremont Road to Stanford Road – began May 23
Beginning Thursday, July 5, the section of Reed Road between Lane Road and McCoy Road will only be open to southbound traffic. Motorists heading north will be detoured east on McCoy Road, north on Kenny Road, then west on Henderson Road. Residents who live within the work zone will have access to their driveways unless directly notified otherwise by Engineering Staff, when construction work is going to be immediately in front of their property. If you have questions about this…
The City of Upper Arlington’s Engineering Division wishes to notify the community that surveyors, environmental experts and engineer consultants will be conducting in-the-field studies and data gathering along the Fishinger Road corridor, from Tremont Road to Riverside Drive, beginning late June through early fall of 2018. These consultants will be working on or adjacent to properties along the corridor. This is a necessary part of preliminary design work, in advance of waterline and roadway reconstruction projects that are slated to…
These projects are comprised of routine repairs designed to prolong the useful life of a street, such as the removal and replacement of the top layer of pavement (mill and overlay), and repairs to small sections of curb and gutter. These projects are typically completed within a few days with minimal restrictions for residents.
- Asbury Drive – Zollinger Road to Edington Road
- Arlington Center – Henderson Road to South corporation line/dead end
- Bridgeton Drive – Reedbury Lane to Greenview Drive
- Cassill Court – Cassill Street to cul de sac
- Chantry Court – Sandover Road to cul de sac
- Fountaine Drive – Tremont Road to cut de sac
- Guilford Road – Northwest Blvd to North Star Road AND Arlington Avenue to Coventry Road
- Kennybrook Bluff – Kenbrook Common to cul de sac
- Longhill Road – McCoy Road to dead end
- Lyon Drive – Mumford Drive to Langston Drive
- Montague Court – Sedgewick Drive to Concord Village Drive
- Reed Road – McCoy Road to Fishinger Road
- Romnay Road – Fishinger Road to Hythe Road
- Sussex Court – Sussex Drive to cul de sac
- Sussex Drive – Lane Road to dead end
The replacement of waterlines, service transfer and installation of a full-depth pavement patch.
- Charing Road – Canterbury Road to Leeds Road – began May 17
- Dorset Road – Asbury Road to Edington Road – began April 2
- Cheshire Road – Tewksbury Road to Cambridge Boulevard – began April 16
- Osborn Drive – Vassar Place to Osborn Drive – began May 14
- Inchcliff Road – Oldham Road to Redding Road – began April 24
- Grace Lane – Reed Road to Ritamarie Drive – TBA
The Environmental Protection Agency required and has approved a Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey to identify the most problematic areas in the City of Upper Arlington when it comes to rainwater getting in to the sanitary sewer pipes. Following this extensive evaluation, the City developed a 12-year remediation plan called the Sustainable Sewer Solutions Program which began in 2017. These projects may include renovation, installation of a liner, cleaning or replacement of main sewer lines, sanitary laterals and manholes, and typically require a detour of the sanitary waste using the structure.
- 2018 Project Area: South of McCoy Road – between Clairmont Road and Ashmore Road – Video inspections began in May, repairs begin mid-June
These projects may include renovation or full replacement depending on the condition of the structure. These projects typically require a detour of the traffic using the structure. Construction may last as long as a month or an entire construction season.
- Dorset Road Bridge – on Abington Road between Mountview Road and Ashbury Road – TBA
Improvements to the City’s stormwater system, which is the underground network that drains rainwater runoff from our streets into natural waterways.
- Farleigh Road Storm Structure Replacement – at Farleigh and Avalon roads intersection – start date TBA
- Tewksbury Road Storm Sewer Improvments – stormwater pipe replacement, from Arlngton Avenue to Oxford Road – began late spring
These projects may include replacement of wooden street light poles with steel poles, installation of additional poles at appropriate spacing and installation of conduit for new wire to replace buried wires. These projects typically require a detour of the traffic using the structure.
- Kioka Road – Zollinger Road to Fishinger Road – TBA
- McCoy Road – Kenny Road to Reed Road – TBA
- Northam Road – Tremont Road to Northwest Boulevard – TBA
These projects may include repair or replacement of traffic signals, installation of conduit for new wire to replace buried wires. These projects typically require a detour of the traffic using the structure.
- Lane Avenue and Northwest Boulevard – TBA
- Guilford Road and Northwest Boulevard – TBA
- Northam Road and Andover Road – TBA
Improvements include new deck furniture and shade structures, as well as upgrades to the water supply system – completed in time for the 2018 swim season. Starting in the fall, a new, 25,000 square foot bathhouse will be constructed to replace existing indoor facilities. Included in this project are men’s and women’s restrooms, a family restroom, concession stand and offices. Facility fencing will also be replaced. To be completed by the start of the 2019 swim season.
Reed Road Water Park
Addition of air conditioning for the office and first aid station.
Centennial Legacy Project
Timeline: Began March 2018, completion late June
Installation of a “Centennial Plaza” and “History Walk” Legacy Project at Northam Park in celebration of the community’s 100th anniversary. The Centennial Plaza features three climbable bronze bear sculptures, benches, tables and chairs, landscaping and trellis. The History Walk features 10 markers detailing highpoints in Upper Arlington’s history, with upgrades to the pedestrian walkway into Northam Park from Tremont Road, including brick pavers and tree islands with landscaping.
Masters Drive Pathway
Timeline: Summer installation
New pathway connecting McCoy Road to Wyandot Park, via Masters Drive and along US 33 into Wyandot Park. The path is part of a long range plan to connect to other regional bikeways in the future.
An engineering assessment for drainage improvements to athletic fields in several parks. Actual improvements are scheduled for 2019.
Westover Park Playground Renovations
New playground to meet current design and ADA standards.
Reed Road Park Ball Diamond Upgrades
New backstops, dugouts and fencing.
Northam Park Tennis Courts
New patio and observation deck furniture.
The document that defines the City organization was due for a review in 2018. The City Charter is the most important legal document for the City, setting forth the structure, functions and essential procedures of the organization. Per a directive within the Charter itself, a review must be made at least every 10 years. A Charter Review Commission, comprised of 10 members, met January-May. Suggestions from Commission members and the public determined which sections were reviewed, and public input was…
As many in the community are now enjoying the new Tremont Pool, this brand new facility is not the only part of our aquatics system that received some much-needed TLC. Patrons can enjoy the resurfaced slides at Reed Road Water Park, and at Devon Pool the diving well has been relined and some of the diving equipment has been replaced. Looking beyond this year’s improvements, the City is continuing efforts to upgrade the facilities at Devon Pool. Next on the…
The Sidewalk Maintenance Program provides for periodic inspections of existing sidewalks to determine if repairs or replacement work is necessary to keep the network in good working order. The maintenance and repair for sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. The City will make repairs when damage has been caused by the roots of City-owned trees in the public right-of-way, defects caused by utility manholes or valves, and any curb ramps.
Visit Parks & Forestry – Sidewalk Maintenance Program for full details.
Construction projects can and do occur within Upper Arlington’s corporate boundaries that are not the responsibility of the City, typically by utility companies such as Columbia Gas, AEP and cable/telecommunications companies. When these projects have a noticeable impact for our citizens, the City takes a more active role in oversight and helping to communicate project updates to residents as appropriate.
Columbia Gas has several main pipeline replacement projects scheduled for our community in 2018, with three such projects scheduled to begin in January. These projects will consist of the replacement of existing steel pipelines with new plastic lines. For many households on the affected streets, it will involve running new service lines up to homes and the relocation of interior gas meters to the outside. Details of the projects are as follows: Ashland Avenue and Westwood Avenue Late spring start,…