The Water Street rehabilitation and paving project

Anonymous
Jul 16, 2013

Legislation was passed to start the design work on Water Street with the estimated cost of $178,518 coming from the Capital Funds.

The project is expected to start in 2015. It will provide improvements to Water Street from Wayne Street west to Shelby Street including the milling and resurfacing of Water Street between Wayne Street and Lawrence Street, new curbs and sidewalks where needed between Jackson Street and Lawrence Street, streetscape improvements including brick pavers, street lights, and tree grates between Decatur Street and Jackson Street and the reconstruction of blocks between Shelby Street and Lawrence Street with new curb and gutter, sidewalks, water main, drainage where needed, new driving surface and a continuation of the Sandusky Bay Pathway on the north side of the street.

If a downtown street needs to be improved upon, it should be Shoreline Drive instead of Water Street because there is more traffic on the street, plus, more businesses are located on Shoreline than Water Street. Water Street has vacant buildings on the west side of the town with hardly any businesses in the area. The street looks to be in better shape than other streets in town.

A barricade has been positioned in front of the marina on Shoreline Drive for a couple of years now. Someone installed a sewer grate and it drops down about four to five inches below street level. Mud is sliding down the storm sewer. The city would rather put up a barricade then correct the hazardous condition. A large pool of water forms around the barricade when it rains due to the improper drainage. The area in front of the marina looks like the city ran out of money in the middle of the project and just left the improvement unfinished.

It is disappointing to read in the paper that the Keller Building will not come down until the early part of 2014. The city has had five years to prepare for the demolition and it is still dragging its feet. The money has been legislated for the demolition so what is the hold up?

The projects downtown are costing huge amounts of money. I realize there are matching funds involved but why can’t the city work on the residential streets and sidewalks as well? It seems all the money is centered on downtown. The advantage downtown has over the residents is the fact that downtown merchants have lobbyists to push their projects.

Until next week, there is a lot of cleanup that has to happen on Water Street before street and sidewalk improvements can be done so damage to the improvements does not occur when the wrecking ball or new construction decides to happen.

Comments

The Bizness

"If a downtown street needs to be improved upon, it should be Shoreline Drive instead of Water Street because there is more traffic on the street, plus, more businesses are located on Shoreline than Water Street. Water Street has vacant buildings on the west side of the town with hardly any businesses in the area. The street looks to be in better shape than other streets in town."

Have you ran a traffic study? Also have you ran a count of how many business's are on Water Street rather than Shoreline Drive? Once again Sharon, you are just throwing out statements without any facts.

Also I live within walking distance of "downtown" and one must realize how important a vital downtown is to a city, it attracts people to a central place. Shoreline Drive does need work as well, but I think that needs just resurfacing.

pavedparadise

What ever happened to Gartland Avenue repairs. The neighborhood streets are just as important, if not more, than streets downtown.

Nemesis

And the barricades on Shoreline Drive are due to the Keller building.

SKULLNBONES

The Keller Building has GOT TO COME DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! It's incredibly dangerous! I personally talked to the city building inspector about it and he as much as said the city engineers who say it's safe are completely wrong! There are big stones falling off the north side of the building! The water tank is precariously perched at the edge of the building WHERE THE WALLS ARE CRUMBLING! Doesn't the city recognize the danger to people and property if that water tower comes down! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

pavedparadise

I'm being told by extremely reliable sources the Keller Building was never examined by a licensed, Civil Engineer which the City's Chief Building inspector is not.

Civil structural engineers are experts in building structures safely and efficiently. They work with architects to design large buildings, bridges, and tunnels.

The Answer Person

Aren't Sharon and her friends responsible for the Keller NOT coming down sooner?

pavedparadise

There's goes that Answer Person again BSing (blowing smoke).

Wasn't the Keller Building issue part of the Chesapeake Lofts/Davis Group's screw up for making improper changes to the exterior of the Chesapeake Lofts?-a historical building.

The temporary shoring up of the Keller Building, by the City, was a travesty from the beginning. One of the boarded up windows blew out last year and no wonder. It was held in place with a 2 by 4 and clothes hanger wire. One can assume all the windows are secured in this manner.

SKULLNBONES

WHEN THIS BUILDING CAUSING INJURY TO PERSON OR PROPERTY, THE CITY WILL BE BANKRUPTED BY LIABILITY. IMAGINE THE LIABILITY IF A CHILD IS INJURED. WHERE'S THE CITY LAWYER ON THIS ISSUE?! THEY KNOW IT'S A DANGER. THEY CAN ANTICIPATE A PROBLEM. IF SOMEONE IS INJURE...BOOM! LAWSUIT! LIABILITY! BANKRUPTCY! COME ON CITY! TEAR THIS DANGEROUS MONSTER DOWN!

Darkhorse

According to the law directory, the city can't be sued so why do they bother putting up barricades? Isn't that telling everyone there is a potential liability? By the city placing barricades up, does it exempt them from any liability? Why doesn't the city's insurance company get after the city to fix potential problems before they become a liability? The barricades stay up for years and the city just ignores it.