ODOT STATE ROUTE 4/235 DETOUR PLAN
Chambersburg Road @ State Route 4/235 Bridge Replacement Begining March 17, 2021
The Ohio Department of Transportation will be replacing the bridge located on Chambersburg Road at State Route 4/235. The project will tentatively begin on March 17, 2021 and will take approximately five months to complete. Chambersburg Road at Route 4/235 will be closed throughout the construction. The project detour going east will be using Brandt Pike to I-70 east and then I-675 south. At different times during the project some ramps may be open. The bridge will be removed and replaced with a new bridge at a higher elevation to meet new Department of Transportation standards. Construction cost for the project is $3,000,000.
City Water Softening Project
Last June the City of Huber Heights made upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant on Rip Rap Road for the addition of a membrane filtering system which is being used to provide softened water to the entire community. The softened water is being supplied to all residents of Huber Heights with city water. The water has been softened to a level of 120 to 130 mg/l (7 to 8 gpg) as CaCO3 (Calcium Carbonate). This level of hardness is slightly lower than the hardness level of the softened water that is provided by the City of Dayton.
The water softening has now been online for approximately 8 months. The new membrane filtering system (not a salt system) has been turned on and full softening has been achieved. If you do not have a water softener in your home, then you do not need to do anything at this time, and you should slowly start to feel the difference in the water. If you currently use a water softener, it normally softens the water to near zero hardness (o gpg). The City softening has reduced the hardness level to 7 grains per gallon (gpg). This may be soft enough to meet your needs. So, if you have a softener, you have two options; You can reset your softener to 7 gpg and continue to use the softener and you will use less salt. The other option is to bypass your softener for a month or so and decide if you feel that it is soft enough and you can then eliminate your softener. If you still would like even softer water, then you can restart your softener and reset the incoming hardness to 7 gpg and you will go back to having near zero hardness which will also use less salt. So please, at a minimum, reset your softener at this time, otherwise your softener will regenerate more often than needed and you will use or waste salt.
2021 Sidewalk Program
The property owners affected by this year's program (see attached map) were notified by mail last spring. The residents were given until the end of last year to do the concrete work themselves or wait until this year and have the City's contractor do the work. The City is currently ready to go out to bid to hire a contractor to replace the sidewalk on all of the properties that did not do the work themselves.
2021 Street Program
The street program will go out to bid in February (see attached map with street listings). The curb replacement for the streets on the map will begin in the spring. The milling and paving on these streets will begin in the fall and will be completed by November.
Brandt Pike at Chambersburg Road Mast Arm Installation
The City of Huber Heights has just completed upgrades to the intersection of Brandt Pike and Chambersburg Road. The traffic signals at that location were changed from pole wire supports to using pole and mast arm supports. Bansal Construction was the contractor that completed the project. New crosswalks will be added in the spring.
Bellefontaine Road Improvements
Bellefontaine Road from Chambersburg Road to the Oaks Subdivision was approved for funding through the OPWC (Ohio Public Works Commissions) Program. The project was bid out in November and was awarded to Brumbaugh Construction. Construction on this project will begin in March or April and finish in mid summer. That portion of the roadway will be widened to three lanes, raised about 5' in the low area of the roadway, and a large metal culvert will be replaced.
Water Main Lining and Rehabilitation
The water mains in the southern portion of the city are continuing to age. The pipes in this area are cast iron pipes that were installed when the streets were built and are nearly 60 years old. The life expectancy of this type of pipe is 60 to 100 years depending on many factors. The City has recently experienced a higher number of water main breaks and we would like to continue an established program of replacing (or lining) the water main to prevent the whole water distribution system from needing repairs at the same time. A new method, besides replacement, to prolong the life of these water mains is to install a lining in the pipe that will provide and interior coating to the inside of the pipe. The lining is expected to provide about 50 to 60 years of life to the old pipes. In the next few weeks, the City will be requesting proposals from lining contractors to come into the City and install a lining into the water mains located on Bascombe Drive and Claybeck Drive.
Sanitary Sewer Lining and Rehabilitation
The sanitary sewers in the southern portion of the city are continuing to age. The pipes in this area are vitrified clay pipes that were installed when the streets were built and are nearly 60 years old. The life expectancy of this type of pipe is 60 to 100 years depending on many factors. The City has these older sanitary pipes televised with a pipe camera about every 5 years to monitor the condition of the pipes. From these videos, we can observe the interior of the pipes and make a list of the pipes that are either cracked, leaking, or partially collapsed. To fix these pipes, we began a program a few years ago that involves installing a polyethylene lining in the sanitary pipe. The lining adheres to the inside of the pipe wall and forms an interior coating. This new lining is expected to provide about 50 to 60 years of life to the old pipes. We are continuing this established program of lining the sanitary pipe to prevent the whole sanitary pipe system from needing repair at the same time in the future. In the next few weeks, the City will be requesting proposals from lining contractors to come into the City and install the lining into the chosen sanitary pipe spans.
Needmore Road Water Treatment Plant Decommission and Demolition
The original Needmore Water Treatment Plant on Needmore Road was recently shut down and decommissioned by the CIty Council. The plant was over 60 years old and with the expansion of the newer Rip Rap Road Water Treament Plant, the old plant was no longer needed and repairs required at the plant made it obsolete. Within the next two months, the City will be going out for proposals from contractors to demolish the old plant and remove the old wells that are also on the property. The project should begin around March or April and be completed within two months.