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Hamid V. Homaee, P.E.

Jaeger Road Widening & Resurfacing Project,
City of Lorain

Jaeger Road

KS Associates designed, prepared construction plans, and provided construction services for the widening and resurfacing of Jaeger Road. The goal of the project was to correct deficiencies in pavement, drainage, shoulders, and intersections. The project, with a construction cost of $5.3 million, improves traffic flow and provides a safer and more reliable route for the traveling public.

The project included reconstructing the asphalt roadway with concrete pavement; constructing more than 4,000 feet of new sewer with more than 80 catch basins and yard drains for improved drainage; installing five-foot sidewalks and a shared-use roadway to accommodate bicycle traffic; adding turning lanes and new traffic signals at the Kolbe Road and Leavitt Road intersections; and addressing grading at the Kolbe Road intersection to improve lines of sight and greater driver visibility, thus enhancing safety.

KS also provided construction administration and inspection services, serving as the liaison between the construction contractor Fabrizi Trucking & Paving and the City. KS’s role was to administer the bidding process and monitor the project for compliance with plans, specifications, and the contractual schedule.

Jaeger Road is a heavily traveled urban artery that provides direct access to Mercy Regional Medical Center, the City’s Lighthouse Village shopping center, and residential subdivisions. Minimizing traffic delays and congestion was critical. To reduce traffic disruptions, KS implemented an A+B bidding approach. This cost-plus-time bidding model requires contractors to bid not only on construction work items (A), but also on the number of days that traffic is disrupted due to construction activities (B). With A+B bidding, the contractor is given a financial incentive if they reduce the duration of detours specified in the contract. Inversely, the contractor is assessed fees if detours run over schedule.

A+B contracting resulted in 49 fewer days of lane closures and fewer traffic inconveniences. The result was a rebate awarded to Fabrizi for their ability to reduce traffic impacts and to complete construction sooner than the contractual schedule.

KS also worked with City officials to address property owner and stakeholder concerns, provided surveying for Right-of-Way acquisitions, and prepared easements. Construction began in July 2013 and was completed in April 2015.