Canton firm low bidder for sidewalk project

SALEM – A Canton firm submitted the apparent low bid for a project to install a sidewalk from the Salem Plaza to Cunningham Road via the north side of East State Street.

Central Allied Enterprises had a bid totaling $263,196 during the bid opening last Friday. The other two bids came from Foust Construction of Youngstown for $286,792 and Parella Pannunzio of Youngstown for $285,385.

City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said the sidewalk will stretch from the drive between Wendy’s and First National Bank to North Cunningham Road and then cross the street to South Cunningham Road. Originally, the project was part of a larger endeavor by the Ohio Department of Transportation in 2007 that included redoing all the sidewalk intersections downtown related to the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The project never got done and in 2012, the sidewalk to Cunningham Road was separated out as a free-standing project, with the money granted last year. ODOT’s portion of the project cost is $255,000. The city must pay the design costs and then an 80/20 split for the construction costs, with the city’s share totaling $79,158.

Kenst said the money will come from the capital improvements fund. The money had already been set aside and approved last year. Mayor John Berlin had talked to ODOT about the project early in his first year, saying there’s a safety concern for people walking to the Walmart area.

City residents and visitors witnessed a return of the orange cones and signs this week as work began on ODOT’s repaving project for state Routes 9, 14 and 344 running through Salem. The project was supposed to start April 28, but was delayed by the rainy weather.

Kenst announced previously that 2.75 miles of roadway will be paved, affecting sections of Newgarden Avenue, South Ellsworth Avenue, West State Street, North Lincoln Avenue, South Lincoln Avenue and East State Street and a small section of Wilson.

ODOT is doing the project in conjunction with the city in an 80/20 split for the total cost of $719,676, with ODOT paying $493,680 and the city paying $225,996. The city had already budgeted its share of the cost in the capital improvement fund last year, with the city having to pay 100 percent of the cost for curb ramps. Shelly Company of Twinsburg is the contractor.

The sections of streets to be paved include:

– Newgarden Avenue from the city limits to Mullins Street

– South Ellsworth Avenue from Mullins Street to State Street

– West State Street from Dodge Drive to Ellsworth Avenue (not including the Cranmer bridge, which will be redecked in 2015)

– North Lincoln Avenue from East Third Street to East Ninth Street

– South Lincoln Avenue from Columbia Street to Franklin Street

– East State Street from Madison Avenue to the city limits (near Walmart and Home Depot)

Next year, city motorists will have to deal with a detour when ODOT shuts down the Cranmer bridge overpass on West State Street for redecking.