In 2018 the City of Sandusky submitted a grant application to the Erie County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for funding construction in the State Fiscal Year 2023.  The National Transportation Act has made Federal funds available for use by Local Public Authorities (LPAs), like Sandusky, through the Federal Highway Administration which has designated ODOT as the agency to administer FHWA’s Federal Funding Programs in the state.

The Ohio Revised Code allows ODOT the opportunity to enter into contracts with public authorities like the City of Sandusky to administer the design, qualification of bidders, competitive bid letting, construction, inspection and acceptance of any projects administered by ODOT provided the administration is performed in accordance with Federal and State laws and regulations.

The city was successful in receiving the grant funds which will cover 80% of the  eligible proposed improvements along Monroe Street.  The project will begin at the western edge of the Decatur Street intersection and continue east along Monroe Street until the western edge of the Meigs Street intersection.  The existing asphalt surface will be milled and resurfaced with three inches of surface and intermediate asphalt material.  Included in the asphalt work will be limited full depth and partial depth base repairs and adjustment of manhole and catch basin castings, monument boxes and water valve boxes.  The project includes some concrete sidewalk and curb replacements.  There will also be replacement of ADA curb ramps where needed and new pavement markings along the entire project limits.  Construction is anticipated to start in April of 2023 and be completed in October of 2023.  Access to the existing parks along Monroe Street will be maintained throughout the construction phase of the project.

Monroe Street-SCHEMATIC PLAN

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT. 

Written comment concerning the proposed project may be mailed to Jane Cullen, City of Sandusky Assistant City Engineer, 240 Columbus Avenue., Sandusky, Ohio 44870 or by e-mail at jcullen@ci.sandusky.oh.us.  Any comments must be received by Friday, January 21, 2022.