Ashland city council

Ashland City Council met on Tuesday for the first time since July after spending the month of August on recess.

ASHLAND -- Ashland City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with the planning process to replace the Claremont Avenue bridge. The projected date of construction is still unknown.

The project would be designed by Strand Associates Inc. based out of Columbus.

“This is the bridge that is located next to the City Hall,” said Mayor Matt Miller. “In this location, we are planning to replace that bridge, which is no little matter.

“The bridge is safe, but it is getting older and we want to make sure it is safe for the future as well.”

The project is speculated to cost $1.2 million, but the city has already received a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission and is pursuing an Ohio Critical Infrastructure Grant for another $500,000.

Steve Workman, Council President, also commented on the roadwork taking place throughout the city of Ashland.

“The streets are looking better every day; smoother every day,” Workman said. “They don’t mess around.

“I’m amazed at how quickly the paving goes.”

Paving is taking place on Cottage Street. Miller also noted what is coming next for downtown Ashland.

“Next up is the rest of Main Street through downtown and then Center Street,” Miller said. “Center Street will take some time because there’s a lot of challenging pavement out there.

“I’m pleased to announce that we have worked with Kokosing and we are going to be able to get the first portion of Highland Boulevard off of Center Street, which some might say is in worse condition, included in their Center Street resurfacing project.”

The Ashland City Council met for the first time since July on Tuesday after taking recess throughout the month of August.

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