By Jeff Gallatin
Published Oct. 24, 2007
weather and some unexpected changes have prompted project officials
to say the North Olmsted portion of the Crocker-Stearns construction
work won’t be completed until next year.
Previously, construction officials’ timetable for
the $13 million project to connect I-480 and I-90 had projected
having the North Olmsted portion of the work being done by the end
of 2007, with the Westlake work and overall project being completed
by 2009. However, officials said the record-setting August rainfall
and finding sewers shallower than initially expected in the work
area have caused officials to move the anticipated completion of
the North Olmsted work back to the spring of 2008. Despite this,
city officials still anticipated workers would begin pouring concrete
in the eastern lanes this week.
City officials acknowledged being unhappy with the
change in the timetable.
“We’re disappointed because we had been moving along
quite well and had planned for the work in our area to be done by
the end of the year,” said Mayor Thomas O’Grady. “After we heard
this, I said that’s not really acceptable, but in looking at the
causes, there’s not really a lot that can be done except to keep
going as efficiently as possible. We can’t control the weather,
and workers have been addressing the sewer issue.”
City Service Director Duane Limpert said the Fabrizi
Construction workers will do their best to get the work done as
quickly as possible.
“They’ve indicated they’re going to be running a lot
of workers to try and get everything back on track with this,” Limpert
said. “But we had all that August rain. And if we get something
similar and have a wet November, I don’t see us finishing our end
Nicole Dailey Jones, the City Council Streets and
Transportation Committee Chairwoman as well as whose Ward 3 includes
the project area, said the city will proceed as best as it can with
the new timetable.
“It’s unfortunate that this has happened, but we still
want to get everything done in the best way possible,” Jones said.
“We’re still going to work to make sure the city residents and businesses
in the construction area are properly taken care of. Concrete is
going to start being poured in the east lane area within a few days.”
All three officials met with residents in a neighborhood
meeting last Thursday at City Hall to give residents an update about
“Certainly there’s some disappointment with them about
the delay,” Jones said. “But they also wanted to discuss other issues.”
Jones said having adequate safety measures in place
for residents in the area is being addressed.
“Police and fire officials have plans for making sure
they can get to the residences and people in the construction area
in case of an emergency,” she said.
City officials are also aware winter is just around
“The service department is also making plans for getting
snow away from people’s residences in the construction area for
the winter months,” she said.
Limpert said the city is trying to make sure residents’
needs are taken care of during the project.
“We’re keeping a close eye on the situation and will
work with them and the construction crews to make sure they have
as good an access as possible,” Lampert said.
O’Grady said the city will continue to meet the needs
of the residents.
“We know they’re in that area and we’re going to have
safeguards in place for them throughout the work,” he said.