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East Wooster Sewer Lining

In conjunction with the downtown utility project, sewer lining will occur on East Wooster from Main to South Prospect beginning tomorrow, June 25.  Two-way traffic will be maintained, however, there will be no access to East Wooster from South Prospect and no parking along East Wooster within the work zone.  This work is anticipated to last through June 27, dependent on weather and progress of work.

Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

Bowling Green Community Fireworks Information

The Bowling Green Community Fireworks will be held on July 3 at dusk at the Bowling Green State University Intramural Fields.

Prior to the fireworks display, the Bowling Green Area Community Bands will perform a free patriotic-themed concert near the BGSU Mileti Alumni Center beginning at 8:00 pm.  Parking will be available at the Stroh Center and Ice Arena.

Those attending the fireworks should be aware that no sparklers, fireworks or sky lanterns will be allowed on the grounds of BGSU.

Doyt Perry Stadium will not be accessible to the public.

Following the event, the Bowling Green Police Division will implement a traffic exit strategy to aid in traffic flow.  In order to maximize safety and efficiency of travel, the Police will be directing traffic onto predetermined routes.

After the fireworks, Mercer Road will be closed between Stadium Drive and Ridge Street.  In conjunction, the police will be requiring traffic to exit via the following routes:

  • North Exit Route (Ice arena lot, Stadium Drive): will be directed north to Poe Road or west to Merry.
  • South Exit Route (lots to the south of the stadium): will be directed to Wooster (westbound) via Mercer or Alumni.

In other cases, depending on traffic patterns, Police may be directing vehicles to the “outer belt” of the city to aid in traffic movement.  For example, Clough Street traffic will be directed to Napoleon in order to reduce traffic on Wooster Street.

Event attendees, or those traveling in the Bowling Green area on the evening of July 3, are encouraged to utilize outlying routes and to I-75 at US Route 6 in lieu of the Wooster entrance for I-75 due to construction and the bridge deck closure.

Attendees are asked to be alert and mindful of the directions provided by Police.  For the safety of all, those attending need to follow the directions of the Police and should not circumvent barricades.

The rain date for the fireworks is July 5.

Tree Care Tips – Bagworms

As we move June, it’s time to watch for bagworms. The tan, oblong bags from last year’s bagworms are usually quite noticeable right now. The females can lay between 500-1000 eggs inside a bag so populations can quickly build to large numbers within a year or two on infested plants. They will feed on over 130 different tree and shrub species but are most damaging on spruce and arborvitae trees since these plants rarely push out new growth when defoliated. Eggs begin to hatch when catalpa trees are in full bloom.

When a few bags are found on a plant, they can be removed and placed in soapy water or thrown in the trash. But do not just throw them on the ground as they can hatch and still feed on plants. When many bagworms are present a number of soft and traditional pesticides can be used to reduce their numbers. Softer pesticides are most effective when new bagworms are less than ¾ inch long. However, pesticide treatments are only effective while the caterpillars inside the bags are still feeding. By late summer, the adults have laid their eggs inside the bags and died, so pesticides treatments are no longer effective.

Fortunately, the cold temps this past winter are just on the cusp of what will kill overwintering eggs. With a little luck, the number of bagworms in the landscape this year will be reduced.

Picture of bagworms Picture of bagworms

B.G. Transit Joins National Dump the Pump Day Initiative

The B.G. Transit will join, yet again, with thousands of other public transportation systems, nationwide, to participate in Dump the Pump Day.  This year’s Dump the Pump Day is Thursday, June 20. The initiative encourages the public to refrain from use of their automobiles–using public transportation, instead. An event spearheaded by the American Public Transportation Association, the B.G. Transit has encouraged the use of public transportation through Dump the Pump Day annually for more than ten years now.

Riding the B.G. Transit makes good sense. When gas prices are high and the economy is tight, riding public transportation is a great alternative and an economical way to save money.  Riding the B.G. Transit saves passengers money on fuel along with vehicle wear and tear. It can also possibly reduce commute time as well as road congestion.

The B.G. Transit is fully accessible to persons with disabilities, and open to all for use. In service for over 30 years, hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  For rides originating and ending within Bowling Green’s corporation limits, the general fare (one way) is $4.00. For rides originating and/or ending outside the city limits, the general fare is $4.50. With a transit ID card, half-priced fares are available to persons aged 65 years or older, children (4-13 years of age) and those with disabilities.  For more information about the B.G. Transit (including how to receive the reduced fares noted above), please call (419) 354-6203.

To schedule a ride, please call: 1-800-579-4299. For persons with speech and/or hearing impairments, contact us through the Ohio Relay Network at: 1-877-750-9097 or 1-800-750-0750, respectively. To learn more about the B.G. Transit, check out our website:  https://www.bgohio.org/departments/municipal-administrator/grants-administration/public-transportation/ or contact us at (419) 354-6203.

 The B.G. Transit receives funding from the City of Bowling Green, a Community Development Block Grant allocation and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)/Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants.

Construction Update – Downtown Project

The contractor has progressed up to the intersection of Main St and Wooster St.  The focus over the next few weeks within the 100 and 200 blocks of South Main Street will be the installation of water service lines and a gravity sanitary sewer line.  The contractor will close the road block-by-block as the work progresses in order to install the water service lines that extend across both sides of Main St.  Once work is complete on South Main, the contractor plans to move to North Main between Wooster St. and Oak St.

The utility portion of the project is anticipated to last into July.

As previously released, the paving portion of the project will include isolated sidewalk restoration affected by the utility work, repairing of the brick bands along the sidewalk, ADA ramps, and bricks installed in the intersection of Main and Wooster.  The contractor conducting this phase of the project has indicated that work may commence in the coming weeks – weather dependent and dependent on the progress on other projects.

In general terms, the paving will most likely begin with the milling of the current pavement on one side of Main Street (i.e. the southbound lanes of traffic), from one end of the project area to the other or within a portion thereof.  Once the milling of those lanes is complete, the contractor will call in OUPS to mark the various utilities – which will take at least 2 days – and identify the locations of necessary base repairs.  Once the utilities have been marked, the contractor will conduct base repairs that will include excavation of the area, pinning the two affected sections with rebar, and installing concrete within the now fixed road base.  An intermediate course of asphalt will be applied and the contractor will repeat this process throughout the entire project area.  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.

The brick work within the intersection of Main and Wooster will be the last portion of this project.  This will require an extended closure of the intersection which is anticipated to last at least two weeks.

Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

2019 Tree Commission Photo Contest

The Bowling Green Tree Commission is kicking off its 2nd annual photo contest.  The Tree Commission’s goal is to raise awareness of Bowling Green’s Urban Forest found both on public and private property.

In 2019, the Commission is asking citizens to submit photos highlighting trees in all four seasons – winter, spring, summer, and fall.

How the contest works:

  • Visit the City’s website www.bgohio,org, go to the Arborist’s page and submit any eligible photo via the photo contest link. (www.bgohio.org/departments/public-works-departments/arborist/)
  • The deadline to submit entries is October 31.
  • Finalists will be selected by the Tree Commission
  • Once finalists are selected, the public will be invited to vote in order to identify the top photo for each season.

Eligibility:

  • Any amateur photographer residing in Bowling Green.
  • Photos must be taken within the corporation limits of the City of Bowling Green.
  • Photos must be of a tree, not of other landscape plants such as shrubs, annuals, perennials, etc.

Prize:

  • The top photo in each category (season) will receive a $25 gift certificate to one of the following: Bostdorff’s, Klotz Floral Design and Garden Center, or North Branch Nusery.

Questions about the photo contest may be directed to the City Arborist, Grant Jones, by calling 419-353-4101 or gjones@bgohio.org.

Construction Update – Downtown Project

The utility portion of the downtown project is continuing with the installation of water service lines along with a gravity sanitary sewer line.  As released previously, as the contractor works north on Main Street and on Wooster Street, this work will require block-by-block street closures.  This portion of the project is anticipated to last through June.

The next phase of the project is the paving portion, which will include isolated sidewalk restoration affected by the utility work, repairing of the brick bands along the sidewalk, ADA ramps, and bricks installed in the intersection of Main and Wooster.  The contractor conducting this phase of the project has indicated that work may commence in the coming weeks – weather dependent and dependent on the progress on other projects.

In general terms, the paving will most likely begin with the milling of the current pavement on one side of Main Street (i.e. the southbound lanes of traffic), from one end of the project area to the other or within a portion thereof.  Once the milling of those lanes is complete, the contractor will call in OUPS to mark the various utilities – which will take at least 2 days – and identify the locations of necessary base repairs.  Once the utilities have been marked, the contractor will conduct base repairs that will include excavation of the area, pinning the two affected sections with rebar, and installing concrete within the now fixed road base.  An intermediate course of asphalt will be applied and the contractor will repeat this process throughout the entire project area.  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.

The brick work within the intersection of Main and Wooster will be the last portion of this project.  This will require an extended closure of the intersection which is anticipated to last at least two weeks.

Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

City to “Pause for the Pledge”

The City of Bowling Green will hold its annual “Pause for the Pledge” ceremony on Flag Day, June 14 at 10:00 am near the Wood County Senior Center, 305 North Main Street in Bowling Green. During the program, Council President Mike Aspacher will read a proclamation and the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited.

Additionally, the City will participate in Wood County Job and Family Services Elder Abuse Awareness program, which will also occur at the Senior Center.

All citizens are invited to participate.

Firefly Nights Festival – June 21

In conjunction with the Firefly Nights Festival scheduled for June 21, certain street closures and parking restrictions will be imposed in downtown Bowling Green.

On-street parking will be prohibited on North Main, from Court to Wooster, beginning at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 21.  Parking restrictions will go into effect at 2:00 pm on South Main, from Wooster to Clough.

North Main, from Court to Wooster, will close to traffic at 3:00 pm.  At 4:00 pm, South Main Street, between Wooster and Clough, will be closed to traffic.  Wooster Street will remain open for east and westbound traffic throughout the festival.

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

All streets will reopen and parking will be reinstated 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 Utility Project

Work continues on South Main St. connecting water service lines and the installation of a gravity sewer line. Over the next two weeks, the contractor plans to be in the 100 and 200 block of South Main, from Wooster to Washington. During this time, the street will be closed to traffic within the work zone and parking will be prohibited.

During these closures, local traffic will be detoured around the area using side streets. Truck traffic will be detoured around the outer belt of the city using Poe Road, Thurstin Ave/Manville, and Napoleon Road.

The utility portion of this project is anticipated to last until July. Once complete, a contractor will repave the downtown.  The repaving work will include concrete work to include portions of curbs and ADA ramps.  During the repaving project, the bricks within the intersection of Main and Wooster will be replaced.  This will require an extended closure of the intersection which is anticipated to last at least two weeks.

Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.