The Department of Public Works is currently facilitating the following construction work and services throughout the city. Please scroll down to the map below for further details. 

Columbia Gas Project - Rhode Pipe
Columbia Gas has notified the City of a proposed gas line replacement project that is projected to begin in early-September along sections of Cleveland Road, Remington Ave, Rhode Street, Pipe Street, Adrian Circle, Bauer Ave and Dietrick Street. Mailers with specific project information have been sent out to property owners within the work area.  Questions about the project can be directed to Benjamin Cutler, 216-215-4103.

Water Street Parking Lot Improvements
A contract was awarded in 2022 to Smith Paving for the installation of new concrete islands to be constructed within the parking lot as part of an overall improvement project which will update the configuration of parking. After the islands are installed, City crews will come in to put a new asphalt surface down and paint for parking spots.

Starting Monday, March 20th, the parking lot will be closed to all vehicles to allow for the installation of new concrete islands, work is not expected to last more than a week. Once a schedule has been set for City crews to put down the new asphalt surface, notification will be sent out.

Perkins Avenue Waterline Replacement and Street Resurfacing Project - Including 52nd Street
The catalyst for this project is the old water main on Perkins Avenue and 52nd Street that average between six and ten breaks every winter. When the Erie County Engineers decided to resurface the southern half of Perkins Avenue in 2019, they said that they could not wait for the City to design and construct a new water line because City staff had made the same request in 2003 when the road was resurfaced at that time. This comment reinforced the desire, and more importantly, the need to replace this extremely poor infrastructure. As with all of the major reconstruction projects, staff also wanted to make spot improvements to drainage, turning radii, walkability, safety, drive access, and curbing.

The section of Perkins Avenue included in the project starts at Anita Avenue, which is where ODOT completed intersection improvements and water line replacement several years ago. It terminates at the Mills Creek bridge, just west of the old YMCA, for a total length of nearly two miles. The old 6-inch waterline being replaced is over eighty years old and the pavement was last resurfaced nineteen years ago (2003). We have had over seventy-five water main breaks recorded on this stretch of Perkins Avenue and the roadway is one of the most heavily travelled East-West connectors in Erie County.

Adding 52nd Street to the project is also very important since there are consistently between two and three breaks on this water main every winter; and every break on 52nd has an impact on the businesses along that block of Perkins Avenue.

In summary, this project consists of replacing the water main, fire hydrants, service lines and water meters, limited sidewalks, driveway aprons, catch basins, asphalt resurfacing, ADA ramps, and curbing. Specifics include:
  • Just under 2 miles of new 8-inch water main
  • 64 new copper water services
  • 0.8 miles of new curbing
    • There is quite a bit of curb missing at intersections and in front of the high school which causes problems for drainage and property maintenance
  • Wider turning radii at Hancock where trucks frequently drive over the curb
  • 0.8 miles of new sidewalk
    • The focus here is to improve pedestrian connectivity not just to the businesses, but also to the Sandusky High School, Churchwell Park, and Mills Street. 
  • 17 upgraded ADA curb ramps
  • Rebuilding and increasing the number of catch basins to improve drainage
  • Improving driveway and intersecting roadway access points, while providing limited access for some of the wider drive aprons
  • Resurfacing the asphalt pavement within the City’s corporation limit, as the county paved the Township’s portion in 2019.
The construction contract was awarded to Speer Brothers of Sandusky, Ohio. Construction is set to begin along the far west end of the project, near Mills Creek, late-March. Construction areas will take traffic down to one lane traveling westbound, we expect to see traffic delays during these times, so please plane your route accordingly. With the extent of underground work required prior to paving and the logistical delays on material availability, the completion date for this project has been set for December 1, 2023.

Beginning the week of March 20, 2023, the contractor will begin staking out the project limits down on the West end of Perkins Ave, in front of Ahner Industrial (former YMCA) and Father's Heart Church. In addition, they will begin setting up the maintenance of traffic in this area, we ask all motorist to use extreme caution when traveling the area. Construction activity is set to begin later that week, in to the early part of the next week.

Hayes Avenue (SR-4) Improvements - From Orlando Pace Drive to Columbus Ave
The City has contracted with Miller Cable Company of Green Springs, OH for the Hayes Ave Improvements project. The City was successful in securing grant funding and the proposed improvements covered by the safety grant, which includes full traffic signal reconstruction at Pierce Street and the Columbus Avenue Intersections, high visibility crosswalk markings at all crosswalks, school zone flashers on Hayes Avenue, RFBS at Johnson Street and Firelands South campus, along with, pavement marking upgrades from Pierce Street to Osborne Street.

The project is expected to start within the coming month, with an estimated completion date of March, 2024. There is a long delivery time of the signal pole mast arms and equipment so you may see times when there is no work being done. Once construction is set to begin you will notice survey stakes set up throughout the right-of-way and equipment moving into place. We ask that all residents be patient throughout the construction process and use caution when traveling through the area.

Monroe Street Resurfacing Project - ERI-CR0504-00.49 (PID110322)
This project will provide for improvements to East Monroe Street from Decatur Street to Meigs Street and includes milling of existing pavement, resurfacing with intermediate and surface course of asphalt, full depth and partial depth base repairs, limited curb and gutter improvements, adjustments to manholes, monument boxes and water valve boxes, ADA curb ramps and pavement markings. 

The project is expected to start during the summer, with an expected completion timeframe of October, 2023. The contract for this project has been awarded to Erie Blacktop, of Sandusky, OH. Traffic will be maintained throughout construction, but do expect traffic delays during peak hours, so plan your route accordingly.

Cleveland Road Waterline Replacement Project
In conjunction with and prior to the 2024 Cleveland Road Safety Improvement project, the City has contacted with Ed Burdue & Co.,LLC of Sandusky, OH to re-align the water mains intersecting at Cleveland Road and Cedar Point Drive to align with the roadway geometry for future maintenance purposes, as the existing water lines are respectively 51 to 64 years old. A construction start date has yet to be established but will be released to the public once known. The construction work in this area is expected to be done prior to the Cedar Point 2023 season or in late fall after the season has ended.

West Monroe Street Drainage Project - Decatur Street to Fulton Street
As a response to localized historical flooding issues in the West Monroe Street and Decatur Street area, this project looks to re-route stormwater runoff westward to Central Avenue, where there is ample capacity to take the additional flow. The City has entered into a contact with Ed Burdue & Co., LLC of Sandusky, OH for construction work on this project.  This project specifically adds a 12" storm sewer line dedicated for carrying stormwater flows westward, away from this intersection, collecting runoff from eight new catch basin structures that will have the ability to take on more runoff than the existing basins during a rain event. Installation of the new line will be in the boulevard area along Central Park, this will reduce the amount of land disturbance to the homes in this area and reduce issues with traffic flow. A construction start date has yet to be established but will be released to the public once known.

Beginning Wednesday, March 8, 2023 the contractor has started putting storm sewer pipe in the ground along Central Park, traffic will be maintained along W Monroe Street, we still ask that vehicular traffic use extreme caution. 

Warren Street Reconstruction Project
The segment of Warren Street from Water Street to Market Street, then again from Washington Street to East Monroe Street, totaling nearly a half mile in length will see waterline replacement, new fire hydrants, service lines and meters; adding storm sewer, curbing, driveway aprons, a sidewalk along the East side and an asphalt muti-use path on the West side tying Shoreline Park and Huron Park together and installation of new asphalt pavement. The project is currently out for bid, but once a contract is awarded work should be expected to begin in the Spring, lasting throughout summer. 

2023 Local Street Resurfacing Project
The City will roll out it's third large street resurfacing project this year, the project has been approved by City Commission and will go out for bid in the coming weeks. This project consist of resurfacing local roads, using an asphalt overlay and in sections desiring more attention will see additional milling and repairs. Here are the planned areas for 2023;

    • Buchanan Street, from Camp St to Eddy Henry Way
    • Dietrick Street, from Cleveland Rd to EOP
    • East Madison Street, from Columbus Ave to Franklin St
    • Fifth Street, from River Ave to Hollyrood Rd
    • Fourth Street, from Ogontz St to Sycamore Ln
    • Jackson Street, from W Monroe St to W Washington St
    • McDonough Street, from W Market St to W Water St
    • Perry Street, from E Madison St to E Adams St
    • Sadler Street, from W Perkins Ave to W Farwell St
    • Superior Street, from Ferndale Ave to EOP
    • Thomas Street, from W Perkins Ave to Grant St
    • W Arthur Street, from Campbell St to EOPW
    • Follett Street, from Campbell St to Caldwell St
    • W Osborne Street, from Prospect St to Shelby St
2023 CDBG Local Street Resurfacing Project
The City will roll out yet another street resurfacing project this year utilizing Community Development Block Grant money, the project has been approved by City Commission and will go out for bid in the coming weeks. This project consist of resurfacing local roads, using an asphalt overlay and in sections desiring more attention will see additional milling and repairs. Here are the planned areas for 2023;

    • Lane Street, from Columbus Ave to Wayne St
    • West Madison Street, from Fulton St to Columbus Ave
    • Baltimore Street, Cable St to Finch St
    • Shelby Street, from W Jefferson St to W Washington St

Questions regarding City infrastructure projects can be directed to Megan Stookey, Project Manager at or 419.627.5878.