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Construction Underway on Jerusalem Road, City of Vermilion

October 14, 2015 - Vermilion drivers will soon reap the benefits of a newly reconstructed Jerusalem Road. KS Associates provided key assistance to the City of Vermilion in assembling the financing package, preparing plans and specifications, and taking the project out to bid. Construction began in September 2015 and expected to be complete by October 2015.

Jerusalem Road is designated a Federal-Aid Highway for the City of Vermilion and provides the City’s main access to State Route 2 east of the Vermilion River. In 2006, the pavement condition rating clearly determined the roadway to be structurally deficient, including problems such as base failure, wheel track cracking, longitudinal cracking, and surface disintegration. The defects caused the road to be bumpy and hazardous, and discouraged drivers from using the route. 

KS Associates prepared a Preliminary Project Application to the Erie Regional Planning Commission Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for State Surface Transportation (STIP) funds to be used to resurface 1.2 miles of Jerusalem Road beginning at Vermilion Road and terminating at Sunnyside Road. In July 2011, the MPO awarded up to $856,656 to the City, on an 80% federal/20% local basis, for construction in State Fiscal Year 2015.

In September 2013, KS Associates prepared an Application for Financial Assistance to the Ohio Public Works Commission for funding under the State Capital Improvement Program. In July 2014, this highly competitive program awarded Vermilion a grant of $175,000.

KS provided design engineering services, developed final bid documents, and assisted the City with the bidding process. In March 2015, Vermilion awarded a construction contract to paving contractor Erie Blacktop, Inc. of Sandusky, Ohio, in the amount of $718,091, which was 11% below the Engineer’s Estimate.

It is expected that, with the STIP funds and OPWC funds, only $55,000 of local funds – 6% of the project cost - will be needed to complete this major resurfacing project.

According to Lynn S. Miggins, P.E., President of KS Associates and City Engineer for the City of Vermilion, “There is no question Jerusalem Road was in dire need of an upgrade beyond normal maintenance activities of pothole filling and crack sealing. When construction is complete, travelers who rely on this route will have a far safer and more comfortable traveling experience, and an improvement that with proper maintenance will have long-lasting benefits.”  

 

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