Council OKs RiverTrail project manager

Goal is to finish connection on schedule

Marietta City Council authorized the hiring of a project manager Thursday night to ensure engineering for the Ohio River Trail connection between the Lafayette Plaza and Walmart Shopping Center is completed on schedule.

“The city engineers came to us to ask if they can sub-contract this to a project manager to help with the final engineering for the next phase of the bike path and for the right of way acquisition to make sure everything is lined up and ready to go to start construction next year,” explained Councilwoman Kathy Downer, D-at large, chair of council’s Streets Committee. “The city match is $6,960 for the $34,803 cost to hire Parsons Brinkerhoff.”

Safety-Service Director Jonathan Hupp said the remaining $27,843 for the project manager will come from the Wood-Washington-Wirt Interstate Planning Commission Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Grant for the project.

Other business

Hupp also reminded those present that police presence will be monitoring previous leaf and Christmas tree dump sites which are no longer authorized by the city.

“The city did not open areas at Lookout Park and Indian Acres Park for the disposal of trees this season because it has been abused in the past and cost the city in man hours,” said Hupp. “Folks that are disposing their trees at our parks, if you are caught, you will face a minor misdemeanor and be prosecuted for illegal dumping.”

Hupp said residents instead may dispose of their trees through bulk item pickup with Rumpke or through disposal at Greenleaf Landscaping’s recycling center on Ohio 821. Citizens are required to stop by the Marietta Greenleaf store and complete a log book prior to moving tree debris to the site.

What’s Next

¯ Marietta City Council will hold its next regular meeting at the city’s Lookout Park facility on Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Ohio River Trail Phase V

Cost:

¯ Engineering & Environmental – $92,368.40.

¯ Construction Inspection – $227,272.73.

¯ Construction Cost – $2,272,727.27.

¯ Right-of-Way Acquisition – $50,856.

¯ Total Project Cost – $2,643,224.

Funding Sources:

¯ Wood-Washington-Wirt Interstate Planning Commission Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Grant – $757,770.

¯ ODNR – Clean Ohio Trail Fund and Recreation Trails Grants – $191,100.

¯ ODOT – ODOT Transportation Alternative Grant – $1,552,932.

¯ Local Share – $141,422.40.

Schedule Summary:

¯ Submit Plans: March 2017.

¯ Submit Final Tracings: Aug. 2017.

¯ Anticipated Construction Beginning: Aug. 2018.

¯ Anticipated Construction Completion: Nov. 2019.

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