Last updated: August 28. 2014 4:46PM - 812 Views
By Whitney Vickers wvickers@civitasmedia.com

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ARCANUM - South Main Street in Arcanum has been under construction throughout the summer months. However, according to Village Administrator Col. Bill Sinnes, the construction will soon come to a close.

He said the project is currently on schedule, depending on what one would consider on schedule to be.

“It was originally intended to be completed by Aug. 15, but there were a number of options of things that could be added to the project,” Sinnes said. “The current finish date is Sept. 15, and I’m expecting them to come out a week ahead of that.”

Various extra undertakings were added to the construction over the duration of the project, such as adding a manhole and other necessary elements, changing the storm drain lines and updating the raw water lines, which can be to blame for the delay in finishing the construction, as well as the rainy weather.

“The road shouldn’t have to be torn up for years, we hope,” he said.

Mayor Judith Fourman said the street has been in need of repaving, as well as other necessary updates, which is why the village opted to start the construction in the first place.

“The street was a disaster,” she said. “We knew that the storm sewer needed replaced, and the water lines were the old galvanized lines and [they were] too small, they needed to be upgraded. We waited an extra year before we started so we could do a total reconstruction.”

During the construction, citizens saw a change in location of the post office box, as well as the addition of an extra driveway to access the post office. Fourman said after the construction comes to a close, the driveway will close and the post office box will return to its original spot. She added that the citizens have been very obliging throughout this project.

“The residents have cooperated,” she said. “We haven’t had any kind of disturbances with them. Any special favors they’ve needed, we’ve tried to follow through and see that they have them and it’s just been a win-win situation.”

The project, which was handled by Fin Frock construction, totaled to a cost of $1.3 million including the additional projects. The village established a grant through Ohio Public Works for $500,000, and was granted a loan worth $1 million with zero percent interest.

“Since it costed less than $1.5 million, we will have to pay back [roughly] $800,000 versus a million,” Sinnes said.

After the construction is finished the village will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony, which will be held around mid-September, although no exact date has been established.

“I think everybody’s going to love it,” Sinnes said.

As of Tuesday’s city council meeting, the road was in need of an intermediate layer, sidewalks and two additional smoothing layers, which will complete the construction.

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