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US 62 to Close Temporarily for Bridge Replacement

For Immediate Release

July 1, 2013
 
UPCOMING WORK
In Franklin County
The following work is planned in the Franklin County area on the specified dates and times. All work is weather dependent; it may be postponed or cancelled without prior notice.
US 62 to Close Temporarily for Bridge Replacement
MONDAY, JULY 8
US Route 62 (Northeast Side) – (NEW) US 62 will close Monday, July 8 between Tippet Road and Walnut Street in New Albany for 45 days. The closure is necessary to replace the bridge over Blacklick Creek in Franklin County.
The signed detour will be US 62 to SR 37 to SR 310 to SR 161 to US 62 or reverse.
Per contract, the work must be completed and the road open in 45 days. There is $2,000 a day disincentive that the contractor must pay if the road is not open in the specified time.
There is another ODOT project that also begins on US Route 62 on July 8. This project will resurface 10 miles of US 62 from the Franklin/Licking County Line through Johnstown.
During the resurfacing work, one-lane of two-way traffic will be maintained on US 62 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit www.Ohgo.com
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Johnstown creating village X-ray, sort of

By SCOTT RAWDON

ThisWeek Community News

Monday March 18, 2013 11:19 AM

Imagine it. A water main or a hydrant valve breaks beneath many inches of snow. The only way to know where the leak originates is to begin digging and digging and digging.

The result is expensive damage to streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure and hours without community utility service.

Johnstown Village Manager Jim Lenner said the village is in the process of digitally mapping all village underground lines to be certain that sort of scenario never occurs.

“It’ll save time and energy, and we’re doing all the data collection in house,” he said. “It’s to make better decisions, ultimately.”

Lenner said Johnstown has initiated a project to gather geographic-information-systems data and photographs of village water, sewer and storm water infrastructure.

This project will involve village employees walking Johnstown streets to collect hundreds of different points and pictures.

“You will see our employees walking around town over the next year,” Lenner said. “Using specific GPS software and iPads, our staff will have real-time data in case of a line break or to plan for infrastructure replacement project or locate a line for utility contractors.”

By collecting this information, village crews no longer will have to search for paper maps or wonder what infrastructure is in the area, therefore cutting staff time and making better decisions. He said it’s also a matter of safety for village employees, who wouldn’t discover a water leak the hard way.

“(The leak) has enough force to knock you down,” Lenner said. “As local government officials, our staff must work to strengthen the village’s infrastructure

“We are responsible for many assets, such as transportation, water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure,” he said. “GIS gives us the data management and mapping tools we need for better asset management, planning, and prioritization.”

Lenner, who studied the related technology in school, said he initially expected the data collection process to take roughly three years and was pleasantly surprised to find it should take only about one.

“This is going so much quicker than we imagined,” he said, adding that the process is not an additional expense for the village. “With the iPads, we can do it now.”

Lenner said Newark, for example, invested many thousands of dollars into its digital mapping system.

For security reasons, he said, the data will not be readily available online to everyone, he said. However, anyone could visit the village office and request data.

“They would actually have to ask us for a map,” he said.

Taking the photos and collecting the data are time-consuming work, Lenner said, but time well-worth the effort.

“We’ll be using it every day,” he said.

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Village Initiates Digital Mapping Project

As local government officials, our staff must work to strengthen the Village’s infrastructure. We are responsible for many assets such as transportation, water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) gives us the data management and mapping tools we need for better asset management, planning, and prioritization.

Johnstown has initiated a digital mapping project to gather GIS data and photographs of our water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure. This project will involve Village employees walking our streets to collect hundreds of different points and pictures. You will see our employees walking around town over the next year. Using specific GPS software and iPad’s, our staff will have real time data in case of a line break or to plan for infrastructure replacement project or locate a line for utility contractors. By collecting this information, we will no longer have to search for paper maps or wonder what infrastructure is in the area therefore cutting staff time and making better decisions.

For more information on this project, please contact Jim Lenner at 967-3177 or jlenner@villageofjohnstown.org.

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Snow Emergency Parking Notice

In order to facilitate the cleaning of streets and expedite the free flow of traffic, motor vehicles shall not be parked on any street within the Municipality or within the Businessman’s Downtown Parking Lot at such times as the United States Weather Bureau records indicate that two inches of snow has fallen or two inches of snow has fallen and there is a prospect of further snowfall.  All vehicles parked prior to the time weather conditions prohibited parking must be removed by the owners or operators.  Any motor vehicle parked in violation of this prohibition shall be removed at the order of the Chief of Police and shall subject the owner or operator to the fines provided herein.

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2-1-1 Crisis/Hotline Available for Non-Emergency Calls

With the approaching storm, we would like remind everyone that the 2-1-1 Crisis/Hotline will be available for non-emergency calls. Please call 2-1-1 or 345-HELP (4357) as the contact to call for non-emergency information such as shelters, power outage information, etc. This can help reduce unnecessary calls to 9-1-1, Red Cross or the EMA.

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Hurricane Sandy Information

Johnstown Village staff will be on alert as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy reach central Ohio. In the event of downed trees in the street, our crews will clear the trees from the road. If you see any streets blocked by downed trees, please call the Police Dispatch Office at 740-967-9911. Stay up to date with the Weather Channel as they cover this storm.

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Village Council Approves Updated Strategic Plan

Johnstown Village Council approved an important update to the existing Strategic Plan at their September 18th meeting. Starting in 2011, the Village Planning & Zoning Commission embarked on an in-house update to the strategic plan. Working with the staff, the Planning & Zoning Commission went page by page through the existing Plan to determine the areas in need of updating. What started out as a quick review turned into a twelve month endeavor to produce an update that will guide future development in the years to come. The 2012 Strategic Plan (effective October 1, 2012) will provide a updated strategic approach to achieving the community’s vision by creating a plan for the physical development of the Village as well as general policy statements of how to get there. It is a guide for developers, landowners, concerned citizens, and elected officials as they make decisions about land. This information contained in this update must be used in conjunction with the previous Strategic Plan.

More information on planning and zoning in the Village can be found here.

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Request for Qualifications – Civil Engineering Services

The Village of Johnstown, OH (4,632 population, located in Licking County, Ohio) seeks highly qualified firms to provide consultant civil engineering services.  Johnstown is experiencing steady growth and development with dynamic residential, commercial, and corporate activity.  The consultant civil engineer will provide supporting professional engineering services and the conservative use of Village resources to Village Council, Planning Commission, Administration and Service Departments. Deadline for the RFQ is October 8th at 5:00pm.

RFQ For Consultant Civil Engineer

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Jersey Street Traffic Signals Are on Flash

The traffic lights at Jersey/Williams Streets and Jersey/Oregon Streets have been changed to flashing signals for the summer and will return to standard operation the week of August 13, 2012 for the start of  school on August 20, 2012.

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Shape Your Transportation Plan – ODOT Survey Now Open

The Ohio Department of Transportation is currently completing the statewide long range transportation plan titled “Access Ohio 2040.”  As a part of the public involvement process, ODOT is inviting area transportation stakeholders to complete the Customer Preferences Survey at www.odotsurvey.com . Anyone who drives, takes the bus, rides a bike, or walks is a transportation stakeholder. The survey will take about 10 minutes.

http://www.odotsurvey.com/

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