Current Construction Projects

Morgan St. Reservoir & Wetland Project

The City of Oberlin has been working with the Environmental Design Group since June, 2019 to plan for the adaptive re-use of the historic reservoirs on Morgan St.  The reservoirs are Class II dams regulated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  To meet ODNR regulations, it would have been necessary to remove all of the trees and to plant grass on the earthen embankments around both reservoirs.  Through the Alternatives Analysis phase, we determined to convert the west reservoir into a constructed wetland and to make improvements to the east reservoir to exempt it from ODNR regulations.  Our community selected this option as the best balance of ecological, historical, recreation and economic considerations.

The contract for the ‘Morgan St. Reservoir & Wetland Project’ has been awarded to Big Trees, Inc. of Columbia Station in the amount of $535,885.  The construction site fencing was erected just before Labor Day.  Big Trees followed this with installation of tree protection fencing and silt fencing as required by the plans and the installation of the temporary construction drives that will ultimately become part of the new trail system around the site.  With improved access, they’ve made progress on the limited but necessary tree removal required to construct the new outfalls for both the reservoir and the wetland.

The upper (west) reservoir has been substantially dewatered in preparation for wetland construction.  Fish, including bluegill, bass and a few catfish were relocated to the lower reservoir.

                       Upper (West) Reservoir

The water elevation in the lower (east) reservoir has been lowered about 18” as planned, exposing the sandstone lined embankments.

                       Lower (East) Reservoir

Due to the extensive heavy equipment work and to keep everyone safe, the site will be closed to the public, likely until April, 2022. The Oberlin College arboretum can still be accessed through Ladies Grove (south of the Prospect/Morgan St. intersection) or from South Professor St.  We apologize for the temporary inconvenience even as we look forward to these improvements.

Big Trees Recommendation


South Park and Grafton St. Paving Improvements

On July 6th, City Council awarded this project to Crossroads Asphalt Recycling in the amount of $366,388.25.   In addition to paving, the work includes select curb replacement, (6) catch basins and about 60’ of 12” storm sewer pipe.  Sidewalks and ADA ramps will be improved at the Groveland and Locust street intersections.  The North Coast Inland Trail (future US Bike Route 30) crossing will be lowered to improve visibility at Sumner St.  3 ¼” of the existing asphalt pavement will be milled off and the street will be resurfaced with a 1 ¾” intermediate course, followed by pavement overlay fabric and a 1 ½” surface course.  Pavement markings including crosswalks, stop bars, sharrows and the bike path XING symbol will be thermoplastic.  The bike path will be marked in high visibility green thermoplastic.   Safe, active transportation improvements are described in the Oberlin City School District’s recently adopted School Travel Plan.

Park-Grafton-Sumner Resident Letter 09-2021

9/23/20: Construction began last week with Crossroads subcontractor RMH Concrete working on the curb replacement.  Their work will continue over the next few weeks with the storm sewer improvements, the sidewalk/ramp improvements and lowering the bike path crossing just north of Sumner St. about 6”.  Once all of the underground and concrete improvements have been completed, Crossroads Asphalt will mill and resurface the streets.  This will be followed by pavement markings and site restoration.  All work should be complete by the end of October.


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: