City applying for road construction grants


By Whitney Vickers - wvickers@aimmediamidwest.com



Whitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald The City of Fairborn is applying for grants that would fund improvements to Broad Street and Kauffman Avenue.


Whitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald The City of Fairborn is applying for grants that would fund improvements to Broad Street and Kauffman Avenue.


FAIRBORN — The City of Fairborn is aiming to improve Broad Street and Kauffman Avenue as Fairborn City Council authorized city officials to prepare and submit an application to pick up grant funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission aimed at future construction on those roadways.

“Both projects are at least a couple years in the making and we have some other grant sources already secured for these projects,” Fairborn City Engineer Don O’Connor said.

Kauffman Avenue

O’Connor reported to council that construction on Kauffman Avenue would begin at the Col. Glenn Highway intersection and stretch to Lindberg Avenue. The project would include widening the roadway from four to five lanes, meaning Kauffman Avenue would include two lanes of thru traffic on each side, resurfacing down to full depth repairs, as well as drainage, curb, ramps and concrete improvements.

If grant funds are secured, construction is expected to start in 2019.

Broad Street

Broad Street is facing two phases of improvements in the coming years. Phase one would start at Sandhill Drive to the eastern corporation limit. The project would involve minor widening, resurfacing, storm drainage improvements, installation of curbs and gutters as well as ramps and pedestrian/bicycle facilities, the removal of Haul Road bridge and realigning the Sandhill Drive and Broad Street intersection.

Phase two construction would reduce Broad Street down to three lanes — one in each direction and one turn lane. It would also address paving and decorative elements as well as bike facilities that would connect the path to Dayton Drive, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Piece Drive. The addition of on-street parking is also a possibility. Council approved city officials to apply for grant dollars that would distributed by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission for phase two during the Oct. 2 regular meeting.

If grant dollars are approved, phase one is slated for 2020. Meanwhile, if grant funds are secured drills for phase two are expected to start turning in 2023.

Whitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald The City of Fairborn is applying for grants that would fund improvements to Broad Street and Kauffman Avenue.
http://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/10/web1_DSC_0138.jpgWhitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald The City of Fairborn is applying for grants that would fund improvements to Broad Street and Kauffman Avenue.

Whitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald The City of Fairborn is applying for grants that would fund improvements to Broad Street and Kauffman Avenue.
http://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/10/web1_DSC_0134.jpgWhitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald The City of Fairborn is applying for grants that would fund improvements to Broad Street and Kauffman Avenue.

By Whitney Vickers

wvickers@aimmediamidwest.com

Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.

Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.