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Connector work bid opened

April 19, 2012
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Shelly & Sands Corp. of Rayland was the sole bidder Wednesday for the Lovers Lane Connector project, which is set to begin in June.

According to City Engineer Michael Dolak, the Shelly & Sands bid was $969,896.45 for the resurfacing work.

Dolak said the engineer's estimate was $921,734.68.

"We will review the bid and hope to see work start in early June and be completed by late August," said Dolak.

City officials have been reviewing and discussing plans for Lovers Lane to Mall Drive for the past several years.

City Manager Cathy Davison said nearly one year ago Phase One of the Lovers Lane project will continue in 2014.

"I anticipate preparing a request for proposals in the next several months. We have discussed a project at the Lovers Lane and Mall Drive intersection where a round-about intersection is being considered," Dolak has said.

"Studies show there is a great deal of traffic on Lovers Lane from Sunset Boulevard to the Mall Drive intersection. After the intersection, that number drops to approximately 5,000 vehicles a day. A roundabout naturally calms down busy traffic in residential areas. It would allow us to efficiently handle the traffic at that intersection," said Davison.

"We are also looking at different options for the residential mailboxes on Lovers Lane and how to keep traffic moving when mail is being delivered," Davison said last June.

Davison said officials are also looking at widening Lovers Lane and are considering right of way issues at the intersection of Lovers Lane and Sunset Boulevard.

"That may affect private property at that intersection. The estimated cost of the Lovers Lane project is $8.6 million, of which $5.9 million will be federal funding," Davison said.

"Our future plans also call for the widening of the entrance of Lovers Lane from Sunset Boulevard. That project is tentatively planned for 2016," Davison noted.

"We are working closely with Mike Paprocki at the Brooke-Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission in order to obtain federal funds for this work," said Davison.

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