Laurel Road construction

If approved, OPWC funding for the third phase of the Laurel Road reconstruction project would be used to reconstruct Laurel Road between Coventry Drive and South Carpenter Road in 2020.

BRUNSWICK – City officials announced this week that they will be pursuing $623,000 in Ohio Public Works Commission grant funding for the third phase of the Laurel Road reconstruction project.

City Council approved emergency legislation following two readings on the council floor July 29 authorizing the administration to submit an application to the OPWC, which is due to the state by Sept. 6.

Should the city’s request be approved, the funding would be awarded to the city for use during the 2020 construction season.

The estimated $1 million project, which will require approximately $337,000 in matching funds from the city, would reconstruct the portion of Laurel Road from Coventry Drive to South Carpenter Road.

Similar to the first two phases of the project – the second of which is expected to get underway later this month – the third phase of the project calls for the replacement of deteriorated concrete pavement and base, as well as the replacement of storm sewer crossovers and catch basins within project limits.

Additionally, new aprons are expected to be constructed on all affected driveways, and sidewalks will be removed and replaced as needed, said Consulting City Engineer Matt Jones.

The second phase of the Laurel Road project is expected to pick up where the first phase of construction left off last fall, just east of Brintnall Drive. This portion of the project, which will extend to Pinewood Drive, is also being partially funded with a $613,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, awarded to the city July 1.

The city awarded the contractor’s $840,357 bid last month.

Once construction begins later this month, the work is expected to be completed in 95 days, or by the end of November, Jones said.

As for the grant request for next year’s funding, Jones said the city will be notified by the state next year whether it will receive the additional grant funding for Phase 3.

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