MOUNT VERNON — Motorists using Coshocton Avenue have undoubtedly been glad to see the project is almost finished.
Mayor Richard Mavis reported Friday that the paving of the main traffic lanes was completed by Friday morning and crews were working to complete the “radiuses” at the intersections with side streets.
Grading and seeding was also not completed by the time of the mayor’s weekly press briefing, and he said the striping may still need to be finished at the beginning of the week. He said the barrels marking lanes will not be removed until the striping is done.
Mavis reported that the city has been talking with representatives of BTB (Blight to Bright), the solar power firm that plans to purchase most of the old American National Can property once it is cleaned up, and Rio Tinto, the current owner of the property to finish preparations for the clean-up of the property.
Among other things, the agreement between Rio Tinto and BTB has to be in place for the Clean Ohio grant to come though, and the city wants to make sure Rio Tinto’s local match for the grant will be available through the duration of the project, expected to take as long as 18 months to two years to complete.
Mavis said the city is administering the project, but is not paying out any money, so they want Rio Tinto to place it’s share in an escrow account.
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