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File #: 3086-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/1/2018 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 12/3/2018 Final action: 12/6/2018
Title: To authorize the Auditor’s Office to establish an auditor’s certificate in the amount of $50,000.00 to fund construction administration and inspection costs associated with the Roadway Improvements - I70/I71 corridor projects; to authorize the expenditure of up to $50,000.00 from the Streets and Highways Bond Fund for this purpose; and to declare an emergency. ($50,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 3086-2018 Legislation Template
Explanation
1. BACKGROUND
This ordinance authorizes additional funding for construction administration and inspection for the Roadway Improvements - I70/I71 corridor projects in an amount up to $50,000.00.
The I70 and I71 corridor improvements in Downtown Columbus will reduce the number of entrance/exit ramps from nineteen to thirteen on this 1.5-mile stretch of highway, while introducing new collector-distributer urban avenue roadways, such as Mound Street, Fulton Street, Lester Drive and Elijah Pierce, into and out of the Downtown area. The finished project will reconstruct these roadways including granite curb, brick crosswalks, new traffic signals, lighting, sidewalks, street trees, and other enhancements, helping reconnect neighborhoods to Downtown, promoting economic development opportunities along the corridor and within surrounding neighborhoods, and providing a safer transportation environment for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

The work for these projects is being performed under agreements with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). As part of the agreements, the City is providing a local share match of the needed construction funding and is providing construction administration and inspection services for the work. Funding for construction administration and inspection services is typically provided when the City contributes its local match share to ODOT for the construction work. The amount provided for these services is an estimated amount, using a percentage of the construction cost as the basis for the estimate. Sometimes the funding provided is insufficient to complete the work as weather delays, unforeseen conditions, etc., can cause inspection costs to exceed the estimate. It is then necessary to provide additional inspection funds to align funding with the anticipated extra costs. The requested funding will be used across all phases of the I70 and I71corridor projects to prevent shortages in the inspection accounts.

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