Frustration mounts as Dixie Drive awaits final paving


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



This temporary driveway into the Butler Memorial Stadium parking lot and the under-construction library will be straightened and paved once the Dixie Drive project is completed.


Photo by Darrell Wacker

Traffic drives north on Dixie Drive near Butler High School on Wednesday afternoon. The final paving was supposed to have begun on Monday, but has yet to be started.


Photo by Darrell Wacker

VANDALIA — City of Vandalia officials are voicing frustration that the Dixie Drive Widening project is not complete.

Barrett Paving, the contractor, was supposed to begin the final paving and striping on Monday but, as of Wednesday afternoon, had still not begun the work.

The latest delay comes after the project is already close to six weeks beyond its original completion date of August 15. The project is being managed by the Ohio Department of Transportation

Vandalia Director of Public Service Rob Cron says the paving contractor was working on a project at the Dayton International Airport that was delayed due to Friday’s rain but that he expected to see the paving begin today.

“They know we aren’t happy but I’m not sure what else we can do,” said Cron in a text message. “ODOT kind of controls everything as far as schedule and damages.”

Vandalia officials were not happy that construction completely stopped over the winter months. Cron said that was because the contractor didn’t get far enough along to pave the east side last fall.

The construction part of the project cost over $4.2 million with Vandalia’s portion being nearly $1.7 million – almost double the original projections as the project was being planned. The Vandalia City Council voted in August, 2014 to go ahead with the project despite the higher tab because the city had already spent nearly $900,000 for utility relocation, design work, and property acquisition for right-of-way.

The Vandalia Drummer News has requested information from ODOT regarding deadlines and penalties the contractor may face for not meeting those deadlines. We have also attempted to contact Barrett Paving for comment but were unsuccessful.

This temporary driveway into the Butler Memorial Stadium parking lot and the under-construction library will be straightened and paved once the Dixie Drive project is completed.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/09/web1_CurbCut1.jpgThis temporary driveway into the Butler Memorial Stadium parking lot and the under-construction library will be straightened and paved once the Dixie Drive project is completed. Photo by Darrell Wacker

Traffic drives north on Dixie Drive near Butler High School on Wednesday afternoon. The final paving was supposed to have begun on Monday, but has yet to be started.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/09/web1_Dixie1.jpgTraffic drives north on Dixie Drive near Butler High School on Wednesday afternoon. The final paving was supposed to have begun on Monday, but has yet to be started. Photo by Darrell Wacker

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.