Main Street project progressing on schedule

Crews from Duke Energy work on utility lines on North Fourth Street.

Crews from Duke Energy work on utility lines on North Fourth Street.
By Art Hunter

Despite an unusually cold and snowy winter, Batavia’s East Main Street project is on track to be completed by mid-June as planned.

Village administrator Dennis Nichols reported at the village council’s March meeting that the project is on schedule.

“Main Street is progressing nicely, we’re proceeding on schedule,” Nichols reported at council’s March meeting. “The sidewalks have been going in whenever we have a warm day – in spite of the weather we’re progressing well.”

Construction crews have been working on the project since September. Work on the utility lines and sidewalks is currently being completed.

As the ground temperature increases with the return of spring weather, work on street resurfacing will resume.

Included in the project is a redesign of East Main, and resurfacing of North Fourth and South Second streets. East Main will feature wider sidewalks, turn lanes, and stamped asphalt crosswalks.

The project is expected to be completed by the middle of June.

The cost of the project is $4.8 million, $2.5 million of which is being paid for with bonds. The village received a $1.35 million loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission, and the village received a $989,000 grant from the OPWC.