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Subway facelift gets start date

Andy Ouriel • Jun 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM



Sandusky planners finally hammered out some dates to start addressing a unsafe Sandusky “subway.”

City commissioners recently received notification about a construction company’s intentions to start rehabbing the Camp Street underpass no later than mid-August.

From there, the work should continue into spring or summer 2015.

Earlier this year, city commissioners postponed plans to start the work, originally slated to begin around April.

Chief among the reasons for a delay: original bid prices previously submitted by companies came in well above the estimated price tag. 

In the weeks since, city officials tinkered with the project’s scope, removing certain nonessential aspects in hopes of dropping the bottom line.

Despite past difficulties, and years of waiting, city commissioners seemed optimistic about fixing a corroded structure.

“This is the third (after Columbus and Hayes avenues) and last underpass that needs some dramatic attention,” city commissioner Dick Brady said. "It’s a horrible eyesore, and it looks like a dump over there. Maintaining the infrastructure is important.”

Work on the underpass involves bolstering the roadway, retaining walls and storm drainage system.

“The various components of the underpass are in terrible condition and (it) has deteriorated because it is well past its useful life,” Sandusky engineer Aaron Klein said. “Therefore, it is very important to improve the portion of the infrastructure owned and maintained by the city.”

Not since the 1930s, when the structure debuted, has the underpass received a major upgrade.

Whenever construction does begin, plans call for crews to leave one traffic lane open in each direction.


Making sense of the dollars and cents: Camp Street underpass

• $1.95 million: Amount pegged for reconstructing the Camp Street underpass.

• $1.56 million: Amount in federal funds leveraged for this project.

• $390,000: Amount in city funds being directed for this project.

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