Current Construction Projects

Morgan St. Waterworks Partial Demolition

The partial demolition of the fire damaged portion of the historic waterworks building on Morgan St. is now complete.  Public Works staff will continue to work with our architect on additional improvements to improve and secure the exterior of the building as well as continuing discussions about the most appropriate future re-use opportunities.  Please contact Public Works with your suggestions.


Hawthorne & Colony Drive Paving Improvements

On May 3rd, City Council awarded a contract to Crossroads Asphalt Recycling, Inc. in the amount of $249,806.66 for paving improvements on Hawthorne Drive, the northern end of Colony Drive and the Fairway Drive cul-de-sac.  In 2009, Colony Drive from Morgan St. north to house addresses 31 (east) and 34 (west) was re-constructed.  This project will complete the re-construction of Colony Drive, +/- 460’ north to Hawthorne.  Hawthorne Drive will be similarly re-built.

The planned scope of work includes removal and replacement of the existing concrete curbs.  New 4” underdrain will be installed with the curb to promote drainage under the street.  3 ¼” of the existing asphalt will be milled off and subsequently resurfaced with a 1 ¾” intermediate asphalt course, paving fabric and a 1 ½” surface course.  Driveway aprons will be restored in-kind (i.e. concrete for concrete, etc.).  On Fairway Drive the cul-de-sac is disproportionately worn since turning movements around the cul-de-sac creates localized pavement stress.  Crossroads Asphalt will be milling 1 ½” of the asphalt surface and replacing it with new asphalt to restore the cul-de-sac’s pavement condition.

6/18/21: Construction Currently Ongoing:

New concrete curb, gutter, and aprons on the west side of Hawthorne & Colony, as well as the south side of Hawthorne, from Colony to Mulberry, are complete and open for driveway access.

The removal of curb, gutter, and aprons as well as underdrain installation along the opposite side of the street is substantially complete and they plan on slip-forming the new curb and gutter first thing next week (6/21, weather permitting). 

While the concrete is curing, there will be no access to the driveways for about one week. Barricades will be removed by the contractor when it’s OK to drive on the new concrete. Asphalt aprons will be stoned and/or plated to allow access until the asphalt crew is onsite. 

Once the concrete scope is complete, the asphalt contractor will mobilize to site and begin with milling of the existing roadway, followed by any necessary base repairs and then ultimately the installation of new asphalt pavement. 

The road is closed to through traffic for the duration of the project.

Hawthorne, Colony, Mulberry & Fairway Resident Letter


Washington Circle & Monroe Court Paving Improvements

On May 3rd, City Council awarded a contract to Buckeye Excavating in the amount of $418,751.50 for paving improvements to Washington Circle and Monroe Court.

The planned scope of work includes removal and replacement of the existing concrete curbs.  New 4” underdrain will be installed with the curb to promote drainage under the street. The project includes select storm sewer replacement including four catch basins, two manholes and about 250’ of reinforced concrete pipe under the pavement.  3 ¼” of the existing asphalt will be milled off and subsequently resurfaced with a 1 ¾” intermediate asphalt course, paving fabric and a 1 ½” surface course.  Driveway aprons will be restored in-kind (i.e. concrete for concrete, etc.).  New accessible curb ramps will be installed at the Washington/Monroe intersection.

6/18/21: Construction Currently Ongoing:

Concrete curb and drive apron removal along with underdrain installation is substantially complete on the south and west side of street. The contractor was expected to slip-form the concrete curb and gutter today, but do to rain, they have rescheduled for Monday (6/21, weather permitting), with the drive aprons following thereafter. Once the first side of curb is poured, they will begin to remove the opposite side and repeat the process. 

While the concrete is curing, there will be no access to the driveways for about one week. Barricades will be removed by the contractor when it’s OK to drive on the new concrete

The road is closed to through traffic for the duration of the project. 

Washington Circle & Monroe Court Resident Letter


Spring Street Park Parking Improvements

Development of off-street parking spaces along Groveland St. at the Park’s southern edge. The new parking will be situated between the existing brick patio and the pavilion, and will accommodate four (4) standard parking stalls and one (1) ADA parking stall. This project is being contracted through the Lorain County Community Development office.

6/18/21: Construction Currently Ongoing:

The concrete sidewalks and curb/gutter were poured yesterday (6/17). We ask that all pedestrians remain off of the new concrete until the project is complete and all safety barricades are removed. Asphalt paving of the parking spaces is expected to be complete by the end of next week (weather permitting), with striping, signage and site restoration following thereafter. 

Groveland St is open to local traffic only during construction.

Groveland Resident Letter


Please drive safely through all work zones!

Thank you for your continued patience!

For questions regarding any City construction project, please contact the Public Works Department at 440-775-7218.


Oberlin College Sustainable Infrastructure Project (SIP)

Oberlin College has begun this project to convert the campus heating system from an antiquated steam system to hot water delivery. This new system will lower resource use on campus and increase comfort all year around with expanded cooling to more campus buildings.  Please see the items below for more information:

Carbon-neutrality project becomes more visible with temporary tree removal

Oberlin College’s march toward carbon neutrality became a little more visible last week as crews began removing a limited number of trees and bushes, making possible the multi-year, campus-wide heating and cooling overhaul that will make Oberlin a national leader in clean energy.

Under the guidance of an arborist, trees that are healthy enough to be transplanted will be moved to other parts of campus. Trees that have already reached the natural end of their lifecycle will ultimately be replaced, one for one, with varieties that improve the longevity, biodiversity, and canopy of the campus environment.  Some of the larger, old trees may find new life on campus, such as two large white oaks that will be milled and seasoned for future use in projects such as outdoor furniture.

To minimize disruption, much of the work will take place prior to May 31.