NEW FRANKLIN  Work on the storm sewer and dry sanitary sewer for the State Route 93 widening project by Karvo Companies has been delayed due to problems with property owner approval of right of way and property easements required to start construction.

New Franklin City Law Director Tom Musarra reported to New Franklin City Council on Nov. 2 that the city will have to step in by approving legislation to ask each property owner involved to respond to requests sent to approve use of their property. He plans to introduce the legislation at the Nov. 16 city council meeting.

To be on track to begin work by Dec. 5, the easements and right of way agreements need signed, he said. Musarra said nine property owners on the west side and four property owners on the east side have not responded. Those business property owners include McDonald’s, Dollar General and Speedway. A legislative action called Quick Takes, allows the city to deposit the money paid to the property owners on behalf of the county. Then the county reimburses the city.

Musarra explained that because the $1.6 million project is funded by several grants and administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission, the job must be completed by July 1, 2017. Bids were received after July 1, 2016, and the OPWC works in a one year window, he said.

Karvo Companies of Stow was awarded the project in September, coming in with the lowest bid of four bids at $1,885,248.23. Work on the road widening portion of the project will begin in the spring of 2017.

The project involves widening a section of section of State Route 93 between Vanderhoof and Renninger roads. The widening project would go south to the Dollar General Store entrance. While Karvo works on the storm sewer and dry sanitary lines, the construction firm will still maintain two lanes of traffic, Musarra said.

The widening project involves adding a third lane for turning along with a traffic light at Renninger Road. Additionally, the plan calls for the widening of Johns Road near the HiWay Distributing business to allow for truck traffic going north on Manchester Road. The project would also add a multi-use lane for bikers and a sidewalk for walkers from Vanderhoof Road south to the entrance of Portage Lakes State Park at the east side of Manchester Road.

The city has already earmarked $375,000 from the road fund for the project, with remainder of funding coming from several sources. A total of $150,000 has been earmarked from the Ohio Community jobs fund and $225,000 from Jobs Ohio. The Summit County Transportation Improvement District has received $250,000 towards the project from ODOT. The remainder of the project is funded by the OPWC.