Current Construction Projects


North Park Street Reconstruction and Intersection Improvements

Last summer’s replacement of the sanitary sewer and water mains on North Park St., from East Lorain St. north to the School District properties was Phase 1 of the planned improvements on North Park St.

Last fall, the Public Works Department submitted a successful application to the Ohio Public Works Commission for the North Park Street Reconstruction and Intersection Improvements project. OPWC will pay for 48% of the project costs up to $390,000. The balance of the funding is budgeted in the City’s Income Tax Capital Improvement Fund. We described the project as follows in our application:

Since the 2021 completion of the new PK-5 Elementary School, North Park has seen a significant increase in all types of traffic. Its (2) 10’6” lanes do not support buses, inexperienced teen drivers and younger children walking and biking. To improve safety, the scope includes reconstruction and widening from 21’ to 26’. ODOT Type 2 curb with underdrain will be installed. The street will be re-built with 6” aggregate base, 4” of ODOT 301 asphalt base, 1¾“ ODOT 441 Type II intermediate, pavement fabric and 1½” ODOT 441 Type I surface. An asphalt rejuvenator will be applied. Intersection improvements on the north side of SR511 will provide for left turn/through lanes with stacking for two buses. Crosswalks, stop bars, School Zone and channelization markings will be thermoplastic.

In accordance with the approved School Travel Plan, the City is also designing a new multi-use path on the east side of North Park from East Lorain to the schools. These two projects are planned for summer 2024. In the longer term, we are also looking to replace and upgrade the traffic signal system at East Lorain and considering the installation of a new continuous sidewalk on the west side of the street.

The public is invited to a presentation and discussion of our plans to get your feedback and perspective on this project. We have reserved the cafeteria at the Elementary School on Thursday, May 16th at 6 p.m. to share our plans and to hear your thoughts. Please join us!

If you have any questions, please contact me at jbaumann@cityofoberlin.com or (440) 775-7204.


The City has received a Municipal Bridge Program grant from ODOT for 95% of the construction cost, up to $818,340, to replace the South Pleasant St. Bridge over Plum Creek.  We are working with our design engineer, Schaffer, Johnston, Lichtenwalter & Associates and with ODOT to develop detailed drawings, the right-of-way plan and detour plans for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.  South Pleasant St. will be closed at Plum Creek between East College and East Vine during bridge replacement.  Construction is currently planned from March to July, 2025.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 440-775-7218.

South Pleasant St. Bridge, looking upstream

The City has received a 2nd Municipal Bridge Program grant from ODOT for 95% of the construction cost, up to $788,674, to replace the East Vine St. Bridge over Plum Creek.  We are working with American Structurepoint as our design engineer and with ODOT to develop detailed drawings, the right-of-way plan and detour plans for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.  East Vine St. will be closed at Plum Creek between South Main (SR58) and South Pleasant St. for bridge replacement.  Plans and comment sheets are available at City Hall.  Construction is planned from July through October, 2025.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 440-775-7218.

Floodplain Statement of Findings

East Vine St. Bridge, looking upstream

In June, 2023, City Council authorized a $197,070 contract with the Environmental Design Group (EDG) to design a new multi-use path on the west side of SR58 from Hamilton St., south to US20 and west on the north side of US20 to connect to the public sidewalk running from Wendy’s to Walmart.  The SR58 Active Transportation Improvements will provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists to access retail destinations in southern Oberlin.  Since the project is partly located in New Russia and Pittsfield townships and in the ODOT right-of-way, we’re working with multiple stakeholders in developing the plan.  Both ODOT and City staff have reviewed the 50% plans.  This project is intended for construction in 2024.

 

Please drive safely through all work zones!

Thank you for your continued patience!

For questions regarding any City construction project, please contact the Public Works Department at 440-775-7218.


Oberlin College Sustainable Infrastructure Project (SIP)

Oberlin College is undertaking a multi-phase project to convert its heating and cooling systems from steam and chilled water to a new geothermal hot/chilled water system supplied from a series of geothermal wells being drilled north of campus.  This new system will lower resource use on campus and increase comfort all year around with expanded cooling to more campus buildings.  Planning for Phase 4 is underway with the extension of the OC SIP, east along Lorain St. to Willard Court.  Please see the items below for more information:

***Current Road Closures***

  • St. Rt. 58 (North Main Street) will be closed between Lorain Street & Walnut Street beginning Thursday, May 2 for 3 weeks. It is planned to be re-opened prior to Memorial Day.