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Construction Update – Downtown Projects

Concrete base repairs on the east side of Main Street are nearly complete.  The contractor will be placing the intermediate course of asphalt on Friday, August 23.  On Saturday, August 24, temporary striping will occur.  Once striping has occurred, all lanes of traffic will be open and parking will be restored on Main Street.  The contractor will then begin making repairs to the sidewalks and isolated curb ramps on both sides of Main Street.  While this is occurring, parking will be temporarily removed within the work zone.  Following the Black Swamp Arts Festival, work will move on to Wooster Street.

When the rehabilitation of Wooster Street begins, work will proceed in a similar pattern with concrete base repairs followed by an intermediate course of asphalt being placed.  During this work, it is anticipated that Wooster Street will be closed in both directions due to the narrower road width.  This will allow concrete trucks to safely maneuver through the work zone.

After the entire project area has the intermediate course of asphalt applied, the contractor will then finish the concrete repairs along the sidewalks and ADA ramps.  Once complete, the final surface course of asphalt will be applied.  Weather dependent and progress of work, paving is anticipated to last through October.

The installation of water services and fire lines is continuing on East Court Street between Main and Prospect.  This should be completed this week or early next week.  Restoration of the sidewalks and pavement on East Court will begin next week.  This work is anticipated to last into September.  During this process, access to City Lot 1 will be maintained as much as possible from either Main Street or Prospect Street.

The timeline above is dependent upon progress of work and weather.  Continued patience with the ongoing construction is appreciated.  Questions about this work may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

Boy Scout Half Marathon and 5k – August 25

The Boy Scouts annual half marathon and 5k run will take place in Bowling Green on August 25.  The run will begin at 7:30 am from the Wood County Fairgrounds.  It is anticipated that there will be nearly 1,000 participants.  The route will be as follows:

  • West on Poe Rd
  • North on Haskins Rd
  • East on W. Newton Rd.
  • South on Fairview Ave.
  • West on Conneaut Ave.
  • South on Mitchell Rd.
  • East into the Stone Ridge subdivision via St. George Cir.
  • South on Wintergarden Rd.
  • East on Sand Ridge Rd.
  • East on Gypsy Lane Rd.
  • North on the Slippery Elm Trail
  • East on Sand Ridge Rd.
  • North on Grove St.
  • West on Poe Rd.
  • North on Village Dr. through the Village subdivision
  • North on Brim Rd. exiting into the Fairgrounds

While runners are present on each road, traffic will be affected and traffic patterns may be altered.

Back To School – A Message From Officer Robin

It’s that time of year again. The excitement is brewing. Who’s my teacher this year? Will I like him/her? Will any of my friends be in my class? We all remember the anticipation of that first day of school, the new clothes, the new supplies, and sharing our fun summer stories with our friends. We probably don’t remember reviewing safety rules, how to cross a street, etc, but these are all very important aspects of the back to school routine.

Bowling Green City Schools will begin their 2019-2020 school year today, August 21, 2019, and amidst all the excitement there are some important things to remember before we send our kids out the door and on their way.

How is your child getting to school? Will they walk, ride their bike, be dropped off, or ride the dreaded yellow school bus, which, unless you’re a kindergartner, is the least cool way to get to school.  If your child is walking to school or to a bus stop, take the time to walk the route with them. Encourage your child to cross at intersections. Too many kids want to cross at driveways, or between parked cars, which makes it difficult for motorists to see them.

If you decide to drive your child to school, be sure to follow the rules your school has in place for drop-off and pick-up. These rules help to keep everyone safe, especially at the end of the day when kids and adults are everywhere. You will also need to be aware of the school zones at your school. Some schools have flashing yellow lights to help us remember to slow down to 20 mph, others, only a sign. If you are curious, the Bowling Green Elementary lights flash from 8:30 am to 9:30 am and then again from 3:15 – 4:00 pm. The middle school and high school campus lights are activated at 7:00 am and run through 9:00 am. The afternoon hours are 2:00 pm to 4:10 pm. If you are exiting a school parking lot be aware that you will not be able to see the lights and the 20 mph may be in effect. If you are in doubt, slow down.

What do you do when you see a yellow school bus? The flashing amber lights on a school bus are warning you that the bus is preparing to stop. Once the bus stops, the flashing red lights are activated and the STOP arm is extended. If you are on a road with less than four lanes, all lanes of travel must stop 10 feet from the bus. If the roadway has four or more lanes, only traffic traveling in the same direction of the bus must stop. All traffic may resume when the bus has deactivated all warning lights and is in motion again.

If we all follow these rules we can have a safe start to our new school year.

Construction Update – Downtown Projects

Concrete base repairs on the east side of Main Street is the focus this week.  The contractor is breaking up the old concrete and will soon transition to removing those sections and preparing the site for new concrete to be installed.  It is anticipated that by the end of next week, the intermediate course of asphalt will be placed.  Once complete, the contractor will begin making repairs to the sidewalks and isolated curb ramps on both sides of Main Street.  Following the Black Swamp Arts Festival, work will move on to Wooster Street.

When the rehabilitation of Wooster Street begins, work will proceed in a similar pattern with concrete base repairs followed by an intermediate course of asphalt being placed.  During this work, it is anticipated that Wooster Street will be closed in both directions due to the narrower road width.  This will allow concrete trucks to safely maneuver through the work zone.

After the entire project area has the intermediate course of asphalt applied, the contractor will then finish the concrete repairs along the sidewalks and ADA ramps.  Once complete, the final surface course of asphalt will be applied.  Weather dependent and progress of work, paving is anticipated to last through October.

The installation of the water main is complete on East Court Street from Main Street to Prospect Street.  Crews will be installing catch basins this week and plan to move to water services and fire lines beginning August 19.  This work is anticipated to last into September.  During this process, access to City Lot 1 will be maintained as much as possible from either Main Street or Prospect Street.

The timeline above is dependent upon progress of work and weather.  Continued patience with the ongoing construction is appreciated.  Questions about this work may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

BGSU Move-In

The City of Bowling Green will close Mercer Road, from East Wooster to Poe, on August 22 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Additionally, East Merry Avenue, from Thurstin to North College will be closed from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on August 22 and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on August 25.  The purpose of the closures is to assist with traffic flow associated with the BGSU first year student move-in.

Firefly Nights Festival – August 16

In conjunction with the Firefly Nights Festival scheduled for August 16, certain street closures will be imposed in downtown area of Bowling Green.

Church Street, from the entrance to City Parking Lot 3 (just south of Court St) to City Parking Lot 4 (just north of Clough St) will be closed to traffic at 4:00 pm.  Wooster Street will remain open for east and westbound traffic throughout the festival.

During the Church Street closure, detour routes for local and truck traffic will be posted.

All streets will reopen on Friday following the event.

The Festival is scheduled to occur from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.  Details may be found on the Firefly Nights Festival website – www.fireflynightsbg.com.

Construction Update – Downtown Projects

The paving contractor has finished placing the intermediate course of asphalt along the western portion of Main Street, from Oak to Lehman.  Traffic will be transitioning onto the western portion of Main St.  Once traffic has been transitioned, the contractor will mill the east side of Main St.  When the entire area has been milled, OUPS will be called in to mark the underground utilities.  This process will take roughly 2 days.  It is anticipated that concrete base repairs will commence on the east side of Main St on August 13.

After base repairs are completed on the eastern portion of Main Street, an intermediate course of asphalt will be placed.  After the Black Swamp Arts Festival, the contractor plans to move onto Wooster Street from Church St. to Prospect St. and proceed in a similar manner.

After the entire project area has the intermediate course of asphalt applied, the contractor will then finish the various concrete repairs along the sidewalks and ADA ramps.  Once complete, the final surface course of asphalt will be applied.  Weather dependent and progress of work, paving is anticipated to last through October.

The separate water line project on East Court Street from Main St. to Prospect St. continues with the main line installation followed by water services and fire lines.  This work is anticipated to last into September.  During this process, access to City Lot 1 will be maintained as much as possible.

The timeline above is dependent upon progress of work and weather.  Continued patience with the ongoing construction is appreciated.  Questions about this work may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

Construction Update – Downtown Projects

The paving contractor has finished pouring the concrete road base along the western portion of Main Street, from Oak to Lehman.  The remainder of this week will be dedicated to preparing the site for installation of the intermediate course of asphalt.  It is anticipated that the intermediate course of asphalt will be installed beginning Monday, August 5.

Once the intermediate course of asphalt is applied along the western portion of Main Street, traffic will then be shifted and a similar construction pattern will take place on the northbound lanes of Main Street.  Once this process is complete on Main Street, the contractor will then move onto Wooster Street from Church St. to Prospect St.

After the entire project area has the intermediate course of asphalt applied, the contractor will then begin the various concrete repairs along the sidewalks and ADA ramps.  Once complete, the final surface course of asphalt will be applied.  Weather dependent and progress of work, paving is anticipated to last through October.

The separate water line project on East Court Street from Main St. to Prospect St. has begun on the portion closest to Main Street.  Crews will continue to work on the main line and will follow up with services and fire lines.  This work is anticipated to last into September.  During this process, access to City Lot 1 will be maintained as much as possible.

The timeline above is dependent upon progress of work and weather.  Continued patience with the ongoing construction is appreciated.  Questions about this work may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

Downtown Parking Holiday through 2019

In light of ongoing construction and in recognition of the effect on the downtown area, Mayor Edwards and City Council have decided to waive the charge to park within the downtown for the remainder of 2019, effective August 1.  Mayor Edwards stated, “the upgrading of infrastructure and necessary road repairs is absolutely vital to maintaining a quality downtown, however, the City recognizes the negative effects this may have on attracting customers to our downtown businesses.  Because of this, we have collectively – City Administration and City Council – decided to expand our traditional parking holiday that occurs every December, to be in place August 1 through the rest of 2019.”  Council President Mike Aspacher added, “the City is investing millions of dollars into the downtown with this construction, but we should recognize the possibility that a project like this may be keeping some from visiting our stores and restaurants.  If removing the fee to park in a city lot makes it a little easier to visit our downtown during construction and helps the businesses, we ought to do that.”

The free parking will not include the on-street meters in front of the Wood County Courthouse on Court Street, between North Summit and North Prospect, the meters in the County Parking Lot, or Lot M located in the 100 block of Manville Ave.

While the charge for parking will be removed in designated spaces, all other parking regulations will remain in effect.  The time limits within the parking lots along with on-street parking, parking in handicapped spaces, prohibition of on-street parking in the downtown from 3:00 – 5:00 am, and other regulations will continue to apply and will be enforced.

Construction Update – Downtown Project

The paving contractor has removed a majority of the deteriorated concrete base along the southbound lanes of South Main Street, from Wooster to Lehman, and has begun to install the new concrete base.  It is anticipated that this work will continue through this week.  Once a new concrete road base has been poured along the entire length of the southbound lanes of South Main (Wooster to Lehman), the contractor will begin breaking and removing sections of the road base along the southbound lanes of North Main Street, from Oak to Wooster.

When the base repairs in the southbound lanes are complete and the intermediate course of asphalt has been applied, the contractor will repeat this process on the northbound lanes of Main Street.  The remainder of the paving will occur within the downtown in a similar sequence transitioning from South Main, to North Main, and then onto Wooster St. from Church St. to Prospect St.  The contractor will then begin the various concrete repairs along the sidewalks and ADA ramps.  Once complete, the final surface course of asphalt will be applied.  Weather dependent and progress of work, paving is anticipated to last through October.

The utility contractor is finishing the installation of an upgraded water main on East Wooster Street and it is anticipated that temporary pavement restoration will occur this week.  The contractor is scheduled to install water service lines and fire lines on West Wooster next week, concluding that work on July 26.  While on Wooster, the contractor will close the road within the work zone in order to install service lines across both lanes of the road.  The utility portion of this work will last through July.

The timeline above is dependent upon progress of work and weather.  Continued patience with the ongoing construction is appreciated.  Questions about this work may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.