TIFFIN, OH — The City of Tiffin’s road & bridge levy, which successfully passed back in May 2018 by a vote of 54.41% to 45.59%, appears to have been a great investment for Tiffin-area taxpayers.
The bids for road paving came back yesterday and the City of Tiffin is happy to report that they will be able to pave 5.2 miles of roadway in 2019 compared to 2.4 miles of roadway in 2018, representing a nearly 120% increase.
The City of Tiffin had five bidders for the road paving project, which is a significant increase from the past, and the lowest apparent bidder came in at more than $100,000 less than the Engineer’s estimate. The unit cost of asphalt was also the lowest it has been since 2016.
The City of Tiffin was successful in leveraging the Road & Bridge levy dollars with funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). The OPWC will be funding 30% of this year’s street paving project.
$400,000 was also allocated for replacement of the Ella Street bridges. The Ella Street Canal Bridge will be replaced in 2020 and, furthermore, this summer, the City of Tiffin will be submitting a grant application through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the Ella Street River Bridge. If awarded the grant, the Ella Street River Bridge could be replaced as early as 2023.
All of this was made possible due to the passage of the City of Tiffin’s Road & Bridge Levy. Being that this was only a partial funding year, the increased collection began on January 1, 2019, expect to see more lane miles of our 89 miles of roadways to be paved next year.