$2 Million project slated for Westside

Recently the Scioto County Commissioners approved a measure to advertise for a $2 million roadway improvement project slated for West Portsmouth. The project calls for a number of improvements and enhancements to Washington Boulevard.

In 2013, Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman’s office applied for and obtained approval of grant funds from the Federal Highway Administration to perform resurfacing and minor widening with horizontal and vertical alignment changes as needed on Washington Boulevard, in West Portsmouth.

Funding for the $2 million project are coming from federal funds, funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission, Scioto County Engineer funds and funds from the city of Portsmouth.

Opperman said as apart of the project city of Portsmouth Water Lines will be replaced.

“We partnered with the city of Portsmouth to help them get funding to replace water lines, which they’ve been having issues with,” Opperman said. “We did not want to go in there and do all of this work and we have issues with water lines breaking and tearing up the pavement.”

Opperman said there will be very little county and city funds used in the project based on the amount of grant funds his office has been able to secure. There are $1.6 million in federal funds available for the projects and $400,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission, that will be used to replace waterlines.

The project is also planned to include base repair, curb and gutter installation, implementation of a storm and sewer system, culvert replacement, traffic control installation and other items needed to complete the project. He said there is no storm and sewer systems along the road currently.

Opperman said crews within the engineer’s office has evaluated the drainage system of the West Portsmouth area to find the changes needed at the terminus of the watersheds in the area of Galena Pike. Pipe replacements are scheduled for Galena Pike in anticipation of the Washington Boulevard project and the impending resurfacing of Galena Pike.

“We trying to get the drainage study implement and find ways of getting some of that infrastructure in place so, as money becomes available,” Opperman said.

He said once construction gets started the roadway will be subject to closures.

Bids for the project are slated to be opened June 7, with a late June or early July start date. The project is scheduled to be complete in November.

Wayne Allen can be reached at tallen@civitasmedia.com or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter.