Infrastructure

BG eyes $10M in bonds for roundabouts & park building

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green City Council set the stage Monday for issuing nearly $10 million in bonds – to help build roundabouts on the east side of the city and to build a new park building on the west side of the city. Council declared emergencies on both bond issues, to move them along a little faster. Both will have final readings and a vote at the next meeting on Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. Both projects have been in the pipeline for years. The $6.2 million in bonds is intended to improve the Interstate 75 and East Wooster Street area by constructing roundabouts. The project will add two roundabouts designed for semi-trucks at both I-75 interchanges on East Wooster Street. The bridge driving surface will be replaced, with a bike-pedestrian trail being added from Alumni Drive to Dunbridge Road along north side of Wooster Street. The plan calls for a landscaped gateway to be created to Bowling Green and Bowling Green State University. The goal is made the entrance to the city more attractive, create a smoother traffic flow and reduce accidents at the interchanges. Though utility work will begin in 2018, the bulk of the actual interchange and roadway work will take place in 2019. The bonds will help pay for the road widening, paving, resurfacing, grading, draining, constructing curbs, sidewalks and related drainage improvements, installing traffic signals and lighting, installing waterlines and sanitary sewers, and constructing a sanitary sewer pump station. The roundabout project is being worked on with the Ohio…

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Water & Sewer District operations team takes top state honors; heads to nationals

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) announces today District employees, Claud Barringer, Bryan Martikan, Jarred Myers, Tom McGrain and Todd Saums, finished in first place in three events at the Ohio Water Environment Association’s (OWEA) Technical Conference & Expo statewide operations challenge this week in Cincinnati Ohio. The “Ops Challenge” is an intense competition involving timed events in wastewater treatment operations, maintenance, laboratory, safety and collection systems. The District team “Dirty Deeds,” took first place in collections, first in safety, first in maintenance, second place in lab and first place overall in Division 1. The team now advances to the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) national operations challenge in Chicago this fall. The Northwest OWEA also awarded District employee Stac Dibling with the “Awesome Operator Award.” This award recognizes the outstanding work of wastewater treatment plant operators in the region.