Thirty fixes — drainage problems among them — must still be made before the Ohio Department of Transportation will deem Wellington’s Rt.58 railway underpass complete.
Beaver Excavating Co., a Canton firm, handled the $13 million construction and will deal directly with ODOT in addressing the needed repairs.
Those listed include electrical pull boxes missing screws that secure their covers, broken sidewalk panels, circuitry in a lift station accidentally tripping breakers, and chips in the surface coating of the wall railing.
“Like with any project, the contractor finishes it and engineers come in to inspect,” said village manager Steve Dupee. “I wouldn’t call any of these items significant. While all of them are important to get right, I wouldn’t call them a serious discrepancy in a multi-million dollar project like this.”
Dupee said the items should all be addressed by the end of May but there is no cost estimate for the fixes at this time.
“In general, this is going to be concrete and grating work for the most part,” he said. “There are some issues with equipment at the pump station like ensuring that gas detection alarms work properly. There’s making sure the hoists that lift the pumps out of the station are functional. Sometimes hoists work in one direction but trip out in the other.”
ODOT first identified Wellington’s railroad crossing, which is passed over by about 75 trains per day, as a priority for improvement in 2011.
However, construction of the underpass didn’t begin until April of 2013 due to ODOT’s $1.5 billion budget shortfall. Discovery of large clay deposits under the railway complicated drilling efforts and contributed to the project continuing until November 2015 — more than a year past its contracted completion date.
Approximately 50,000 man-hours went into the construction of the underpass, according to ODOT.
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