Council approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation Wednesday night to spruce up the city`s downtown area, in part through a grant with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Erie Regional Planning Commission.
The project includes resurfacing the road, constructing new curbs, installing a concrete sidewalk with brick pavers, replacing a limited amount of utilities and adding trees on state Route 6 between Grand and Exchange streets and state Route 60 between the CSX Railroad crossing and state Route 6 in Vermilion.
Dan Squires, service director for Vermilion, said the project will begin in March and should be finished by the fall.
“ODOT is managing the project because it involves two state routes,” he said. “They`ll be soliciting for bids and hope to award the contract in February.”
Squires said the intersection of Liberty and Main streets will be highlighted with a “compass rose” design constructed with pavers.
No streets will be closed during the project, and the contractor will provide traffic control measures to minimize the interruption of pedestrian traffic to downtown merchants.
The ERPC will assume 80 percent of the costs – not to exceed $913,198 – associated with roadway construction and engineering for the project.
Vermilion will pick up the rest of the costs involved, including preliminary engineering and environmental studies, which will be determined when a contractor is found.