Thursday, January 04, 2001

Delhi to improve roads, sewers

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — Next summer and fall the township will begin major reconstruction work on several roads and install a new storm sewer system that should solve a basement flooding problem on one street.

        The township will work with the Metropolitan Sewer District on the storm sewer installation project for Ivyhill Drive. The work also will include a complete reconstruction of the street.

        “It's in horrible shape,” said Bob Bass, roads superintendent for the township.

        The township is able to do the work this year because of two grants awarded by the State Capital Improvement Program. Both total almost $1.5 million to pay for construction costs of more than $1.8 million.

        A third grant — for $672,000 — involves reconstruction of three streets in the Delshire subdivision: Glenhaven Road, Cloverhill Terrace and a connector street to those two, Calverton Lane.

        “We'll be tearing out the entire pavement section,” said Mr. Bass. Then the pavement on all three will be replaced with new asphalt, and new curbs and gutters.

        That work will not begin until possibly October, said Mr. Bass. Work on Ivyhill Drive will probably start in July.

        MSD will help pay for the cost of a new storm sewer system for Ivyhill.

        “The reason for the new storm system is to try and alleviate some residential basement flooding in the area,” said Mr. Bass. “The current system is not adequate enough to handle the flows during peak storm events.”

        Mr. Bass said the township has wanted to do a street reconstruction on Ivyhill for some time, but it was delayed until the sewer district could do engineering studies on the storm sewer system to determine what was the best solution.

        The township will be one of 21 communities in Hamilton County to receive SCIP money this summer when the list is approved by the Ohio Public Works Commis sion, which administers the program.

        The communities are expected to receive more than $15 million this year.

        Mr. Bass said Delhi would not be able to take on these two projects without help from the state.

        “The SCIP program has been a godsend to Delhi Township,” said Mr. Bass.


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