By Art Hunter
The first phase of Bethel’s street project is expected to be completed by the end of May.
In the first phase of the project, storm drains, gutters, curbs, and sidewalks on Plane Street from the intersection of Plane and Ash streets to Plane and Main streets are being replaced.
The storm drains were replaced late last year. After some delays due to winter weather, crews from Adleta Construction are installing the new curbs and sidewalks.
“I’m anxious to get this first block done so everyone can see what the village is trying to do,” village administrator Travis Dotson said.
Dotson said that curbs being replaced now were installed in 1927. He said that the condition of the curbs and sidewalks have been a sore subject in the village for some time.
He said that the next phase of the project will be the section of Plane Street from Main Street to Union Street. That section should be completed in 2014.
The total cost of the first phase of the project is $377,820.70. Part of the cost of the project is being paid for with an Ohio Public Works grant in the amount of $286,298. The village is contributing matching funds in the amount of $49,522, which is coming out of the village street fund.
The remainder of the cost, $142,000, will come from the village electric department and will pay for the new electrical wiring and lighting.
The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.