FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Engineering Division has paved the way for the start of the nearly $1.7 million Spangler Road Improvements project slated for this year.
This major road and utility project will consist of the construction of 250 feet of sanitary sewer under the railroad, approximately 4,300 feet of new water main, improving the at-grade railroad crossing by raising the road over eight feet, and resurfacing the road with new asphalt and re-striping. The project is included in the 2014 Capital Improvements Budget.
“We received our most recent pavement condition ratings from our consultant and Spangler won the championship of worst rated in the city, so if there are any doubts about the necessity of the project, I think that helps,” said City Engineer Don O’Connor. “All of these utility improvements also will support local business and open development opportunities.”
Last week, city council approved the construction contract with Kinnison Excavating for $1,678,860.60. The contract amount will be drawn from project funds as follows: $652,785.95 from the Water Construction Fund, $207,360 from the Sewer Construction Fund and $818,714.65 from the County Motor Vehicle License Permit Fund.
Due to the complexity of the project and the amount of underground work, the Engineering Division requested a contingency of 10 percent be added to the proposal price to cover any unforeseen issues in a total of $167,886.07. Council approved the total contract amount not to exceed $1,846,746.67.
“I’ve lived in Fairborn for almost 40 years and that road has always been bad,” said Councilwoman Donna Wilson. “It really needs to be fixed and I’m really glad to see it is.”
Councilman Rob Hoffman asked if the type of trucks driving on Spangler Road have contributed to the poor conditions.
“The two things that really affect road condition are weather and traffic, and truck traffic specifically,” O’Connor said. “I haven’t looked that closely at the specific types of failures, but it’s a very likely candidate…There are no major indications of base failure, just a lot of surface cracking. The structure is not bad now.”
Council also approved a contract with M.E. Companies, the firm that performed the design work on this project, to perform inspection services for up to 17 weeks at a cost of $51,000.
“Due to the large amount of construction projects undertaken by the Engineering Division in 2014, our staffing level is not large enough to inspect all of the projects,” O’Connor said. “The Engineering Division would like to hire an engineering consulting firm to perform inspection services for this project.”
The Engineering Division requested a 10 percent contingency for an additional $5,100, which was also approved for a total of $56,100.
The Spangler Road project includes work that impacts the Norfolk-Southern (NS) Railroad track crossing. As a result, the city is required to reimburse NS for work performed by NS crews in conjunction with the project. An agreement was signed by city officials May 15 for an estimate of $66,062.
According to O’Connor, when the agreement was forwarded to NS in mid-May they discovered additional work that would increase their cost estimate. The road paving in the immediate area of the track rails was not originally estimated to include the entire proposed pavement width. The additional cost of that paving is estimated at $8,760, bringing the new total cost estimate to $74,812.
Council also approved this amount during the July 7 meeting.
The city will only be permitted to proceed with the project construction in the railroad right-of-way once legislation if approved, a purchase order is issued for the construction estimate, the construction agreement is signed by the city, and a right-of-way agreement is signed by the city’s contractor. NS will invoice the city based on actual work performed.