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Harrison-W. Harrison State Street upgrade could happen in 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Awad   
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:02 PM

Buckeyes and Hoosiers won’t be driving on a smooth State Street until at least mid-2014, but Harrison Council pushed the long-awaited reconstruction project into another gear last week by approving the city’s share of the cost.

Reconstruction of the multi-jurisdictional road has been on the back burner several years, but began to heat up this year after Harrison officials arranged meetings with the several state, municipal, and regional agencies involved.

Plans call for new pavement from Broadway to Campbell Road, drainage upgrades, replacement and addition of sidewalks, lane widening on the Ohio side for vehicular/bicycle lane, and upgrading the flashing warning light at  Broadway.

The work is estimated to cost $1.2 million for which Harrison must pay $250,000. The federal government will shell out $509,000, and West Harrison will foot the bill for the rest.

Harrison’s contribution includes 100 percent of preliminary engineering costs and all right-of-way costs.

The upgrade, which has been in stasis for more than seven years, must wait until geo-technical and environmental surveys are completed.

The timeframe for the surveys includes all of 2013, with construction bids possibly being let in the first quarter of 2014.

Councilman Jim Robertson asked why the scope of the project apparently was cut in half, but councilman Bill Neyer pointed out the northern section of State Street already had been reconstructed during a previous upgrade.

The money from the federal government has been approved because of the multi-jurisdictional orientation of State Street with the south lane in Ohio and the north lane in Indiana.