By Kristin Bednarski
The village of Bethel will soon begin seeing changes on Plane Street that are part of the village’s streetscape project.
Councilwoman Donna Gunn updated council members on the project at their March 14 meeting.
“It’s going to be a nice project,” Gunn said.
Gunn said people continuously ask when the village is going to improve the look of Plane Street.
“Here we are with the help of grant money,” Gunn said.
She said they are looking at sidewalk options, curb options, pole lighting, grass strips, and traffic signal arms to improve Plane Street.
The streetscape project will be an ongoing project, according to village administrator Travis Dotson.
“It’s long overdue,” Dotson said about the project.
Dotson said the streetscape project is funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission.
“The purpose of the project is to repair the infrastructure of our storm water system by replacing the curbs, gutters and storm drains,” Dotson said. “As we complete this we will also be replacing sidewalks and added some stamped sections to add to the appeal.”
Dotson said they will also be adding “carriage-style” street light posts and moving utilities back a block on either side of Plane Street so that wires are not running overhead along the street.
“The plan is to complete this project in six phases,” Dotson said.
After all six phases are complete West Street to East Street will be complete, along with curb and storm drain replacements, which will also extend outside the corporation limit.
He said the first phase will be from Ash Street to Main Street.
“The first phase was awarded at an estimated cost of $583,000,” Dotson said. “And we will continue to submit phases each year until all are hopefully awarded.”
Dotson said they will begin the project this year, and continue the phases as bids are awarded.