Council updated on Pike, Acme upgrade

Preliminary work on a $1.6 million project to upgrade the intersection of Acme, Pike and Jefferson streets in Marietta could begin this fall, with completion scheduled in 2014.

Members of Marietta City Council’s streets and transportation committee were updated on the project this week.

“The final design plans will be completed March 1, and preliminary legislation approving the project for (Ohio Department of Transportation District 10) will be ready at the next regular city council meeting on Feb. 7,” said Councilman Denver Abicht, D-at large, who chairs the streets committee.

The project includes upgraded traffic signals, additional turning lanes, new signage, and new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalk ramps, he added.

ODOT District 10 engineer Alan Craig said the city engineer’s office produced the plans, and final tracings are under way.

“On May 6 we’ll send those plans to our central office in Columbus where a bid package will be prepared,” he said. “We currently have an Aug. 1 sale date for bid openings on the project.”

Craig said once that occurs it usually takes about a month to bring a contractor on board.

“By that time it will be around Sept. 1, just before the annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival takes place, and we have a policy not to close lanes on area roadways at that time,” he said. “So the contractor may not be able to begin any major construction until the following year, although he could begin some preliminary work this fall.”

Complete road closures are not anticipated, but some traffic lanes will have to be closed during the construction period in 2014.