Mayor: Infrastructure takes center stage for Marion in 2022

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Maintaining and improving infrastructure is always a priority for municipalities and that is the case for the City of Marion.

Mayor Scott Schertzer provided a thumbnail sketch of upcoming infrastructure projects the city has scheduled for 2022 during the state of the city address on Monday evening.

"We are going to see a lot of (infrastructure projects) this year, so let me apologize to the citizens of Marion in advance because it's always an inconvenience when your street is torn up because of a new sewer project, when we do a complete street, or when we resurface the streets," Schertzer said. "But, generally speaking, when we're done the residents are very happy with the outcome of these infrastructure projects.

"We have four sewer projects planned this year. Generally, that's one more than we normally have," he added. "But we look forward to the federal infrastructure program and making application and doing more sewer projects over the course of the next two to three to four years, and instituting our long-term control plan which guides us on how to do those sewer projects approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency."

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According to the city engineering department's annual report, sewer improvement projects on the schedule for 2022 and 2023 include South Main Street (estimated cost $1,270,000), Boone Avenue (estimated cost $1,034,000), Benton Place (estimated cost $815,000), East George Street (estimated cost $1,600,000), Barnhart Street (estimated cost $2,012,000), and Neil Avenue (estimated cost $550,000). Work on South Main, Boone, and Benton is expected to begin this winter with the East George project set for later in the year.

Each of those projects will be funded by a combination of grant money and zero-percent interest loans. Improvements to the storm and sanitary sewers and roadways in each area will be conducted.

Significant road projects are also on the docket for Marion in 2022, Schertzer said.

"Downtown overpasses should see the most comprehensive overhaul that they have seen since they were built in the mid to late 1960s," Schertzer noted. "Street resurfacing with the city's portion and the Ohio Department of Transportation could see nearly $3 million of city streets resurfaced this year."

A combination of state and federal funding will be used to pay for the rehabilitation of the Prospect Street and State Street overpasses. The total estimated cost of the project is $6 million. According to the city engineering department's annual report, work on both overpasses will include concrete pavement and bridge railing replacement, concrete pier repairs, pavement markings, and traffic signal upgrades. This project is scheduled to be completed during the spring or summer of 2022.

Resurfacing of portions of Ohio 4 northbound in Marion is also planned for this year. Work scheduled to be done includes pavement repairs, pedestrian curb ramp installation, and pavement markings. This project is scheduled to be completed during the summer or fall of 2022. The estimated $1,600,000 project will be paid for with state and federal funding.

"The wastewater treatment plant will wrap up, hopefully, knock on wood, a multi-million dollar improvement (project), doubling the capacity at our wastewater treatment plant, which will also help with some of the problems that we have in the city," Schertzer said.

According to the annual report submitted by the city's water pollution control department, when completed, the improvements will allow the plant to be able "to increase treated effluent flow to 42 million gallons per day and a chemically enhanced effluent of 9 million gallons per day. This is increasing the plant treatment by about 14 million gallons per day. The other addition is that of a 5 million gallon equalization basin that will hold flow during storm events."

The project has experienced some delays, but it's expected to be completed by the end of January.

To see the complete 2021 annual report for the City of Marion, go to the city's website marionohio.us.

This article originally appeared on Marion Star: Mayor: Infrastructure takes center stage for Marion in 2022

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