By DAVID GREEN
Fayette’s Gamble Road widening project keeps getting better.
The road leading to the school will be widened from 18 to 21 feet, resurfaced and new street lights will be added where needed.
And the cost of the $155,041 project to the village? Only $6,462.
The change in costs is due to a different approach to street lights, explained village administrator Amy Metz at the July council meeting Wednesday.
The project was originally pegged at costing $245,000, but that figure includes $90,000 for new lights that would be owned by the village. If Edison owns the lights, the village will pay $17 a month per light and Edison will handle the maintenance. The village will pay an initial fee of $6,462 for installation.
Metz said that Edison recommends 10 lights, but she expects fewer than that to be installed. Some lighting is already in place along the road.
The village has a CDBG grant of $50,000 to use on the project, plus an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of $120,000. This will cover the cost of construction entirely, without the need to borrow $75,000 as first planned.
Metz will discuss the project in detail with Edison on Aug. 16. A pre-construction meeting was scheduled last week and work is expected to begin after the Aug. 6 Bull Thistle Festival.
Traffic is expected to be maintained in one lane during construction and the project should be completed by the end of August.
In addition to the bad condition of the road, Metz said that concern has been expressed has been expressed by many residents about safety due to the narrow width.