NILES City will solicit bids for projects

Legislation dealing with viaduct replacement also passed.
NILES -- City council has passed legislation clearing the way for several improvement projects.
At their meeting Wednesday, council members authorized Sam Natoli, public service director, to advertise for bids and enter a contract for the Mill Creek Drive storm sewer improvement project, for the Difford Drive-U.S. Route 422 storm sewer project and for a second phase of the Holford Avenue reconstruction project.
The city has applied for a $99,000 Community Development Block Grant for the Holford project. The city already has allocated $73,300 for street improvements.
Mark Hess, city coordinator of engineering, grants and development, said the project is set to begin in early October and be wrapped up by the end of November.
The project is to replace brick pavement on Holford Avenue with asphalt between Maple Avenue and Plant Street.
The city replaced the bricks with asphalt on Holford between Warren Avenue and Maple Street last year. New curbs, driveway approaches and sidewalks also were installed.
Drainage, erosion problems: The Difford Drive project is estimated at $55,000 and is to alleviate drainage problems at the intersection.
The Mill Creek Drive project is being done using a $100,000 state Issue 2 grant. The project is estimated at $170,000 with the city paying $35,000 and BP Oil Pipeline Co. of Niles paying the remaining $35,000.
City officials have said that erosion along a water course running through properties that front Mill Creek has exposed a natural gas line owned by BP. The city plans to install a 36-inch storm sewer pipe in the water course to stem the erosion. The line would run from state Route 46 to Old Forge Road.
The project affects about 10 homes.
Route 46 project: Council also passed three pieces of legislation dealing with the planned state Route 46 replacement project.
One piece of legislation would authorize the sale of a small parcel of city-owned land between East State and Water streets to the state for $17,200.
Another piece of city-owned property between First and Second streets on the east side of state Route 46 will be sold to the state for $13,500 through another piece of legislation.
The third ordinance grants the state a temporary right of way on and over city land on the west side of Route 46 for $500.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has scheduled the contract for the replacement project to be awarded in March. Construction would likely start in late April, and it's expected to take about 21/2 years to complete.

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