The Department of Public Works is currently facilitating the following construction work and services throughout the city. Please scroll down to the map below for further details. 

Perkins Avenue Waterline Replacement and Street Resurfacing Project - Including 52nd Street
The catalyst for this project is the old water main on Perkins Avenue and 52nd Street that average between six and ten breaks every winter. When the Erie County Engineers decided to resurface the southern half of Perkins Avenue in 2019, they said that they could not wait for the City to design and construct a new water line because City staff had made the same request in 2003 when the road was resurfaced at that time. This comment reinforced the desire, and more importantly, the need to replace this extremely poor infrastructure. As with all of the major reconstruction projects, staff also wanted to make spot improvements to drainage, turning radii, walkability, safety, drive access, and curbing.

The section of Perkins Avenue included in the project starts at Anita Avenue, which is where ODOT completed intersection improvements and water line replacement several years ago. It terminates at the Mills Creek bridge, just west of the old YMCA, for a total length of nearly two miles. The old 6-inch waterline being replaced is over eighty years old and the pavement was last resurfaced nineteen years ago (2003). We have had over seventy-five water main breaks recorded on this stretch of Perkins Avenue and the roadway is one of the most heavily travelled East-West connectors in Erie County.

Adding 52nd Street to the project is also very important since there are consistently between two and three breaks on this water main every winter; and every break on 52nd has an impact on the businesses along that block of Perkins Avenue.

In summary, this project consists of replacing the water main, fire hydrants, service lines and water meters, limited sidewalks, driveway aprons, catch basins, asphalt resurfacing, ADA ramps, and curbing. Specifics include:
  • Just under 2 miles of new 8-inch water main
  • 64 new copper water services
  • 0.8 miles of new curbing
    • There is quite a bit of curb missing at intersections and in front of the high school which causes problems for drainage and property maintenance
  • Wider turning radii at Hancock where trucks frequently drive over the curb
  • 0.8 miles of new sidewalk
    • The focus here is to improve pedestrian connectivity not just to the businesses, but also to the Sandusky High School, Churchwell Park, and Mills Street. 
  • 17 upgraded ADA curb ramps
  • Rebuilding and increasing the number of catch basins to improve drainage
  • Improving driveway and intersecting roadway access points, while providing limited access for some of the wider drive aprons
  • Resurfacing the asphalt pavement within the City’s corporation limit, as the county paved the Township’s portion in 2019.
The construction contract was awarded to Speer Brothers of Sandusky, Ohio. Construction is set to begin along the far west end of the project, near Mills Creek, late-March. Construction areas will take traffic down to one lane traveling westbound, we expect to see traffic delays during these times, so please plane your route accordingly. With the extent of underground work required prior to paving and the logistical delays on material availability, the completion date for this project has been set for December 1, 2023.

The week of May 22nd contractor will be working with Erie Blacktop to mill down the curb lane and lay intermediate asphalt in order for Smith Paving to come in to run new curbs and storm structures. There will be intermittent closures of Mills, Putnam, Stahlwood, Karl-Ann, Forest and Camp Streets, while work is being performed. Speer will continue utility work in the block between Camp Street and Hayes Ave during this time as well.

Hayes Avenue (SR-4) Improvements - From Orlando Pace Drive to Columbus Ave
The City has contracted with Miller Cable Company of Green Springs, OH for the Hayes Ave Improvements project. The City was successful in securing grant funding and the proposed improvements covered by the safety grant, which includes full traffic signal reconstruction at Pierce Street and the Columbus Avenue Intersections, high visibility crosswalk markings at all crosswalks, school zone flashers on Hayes Avenue, RFBS at Johnson Street and Firelands South campus, along with, pavement marking upgrades from Pierce Street to Osborne Street.

The project is expected to start within the coming month, with an estimated completion date of March, 2024. There is a long delivery time of the signal pole mast arms and equipment so you may see times when there is no work being done. Once construction is set to begin you will notice survey stakes set up throughout the right-of-way and equipment moving into place. We ask that all residents be patient throughout the construction process and use caution when traveling through the area.

All pole bases have been set, the contractor is waiting for arrival of the new poles later this year, of which, installation will happen. 

Monroe Street Resurfacing Project - ERI-CR0504-00.49 (PID110322)
This project will provide for improvements to East Monroe Street from Decatur Street to Meigs Street and includes milling of existing pavement, resurfacing with intermediate and surface course of asphalt, full depth and partial depth base repairs, limited curb and gutter improvements, adjustments to manholes, monument boxes and water valve boxes, ADA curb ramps and pavement markings. 

The project is expected to start during the summer, with an expected completion timeframe of October, 2023. The contract for this project has been awarded to Erie Blacktop, of Sandusky, OH. Traffic will be maintained throughout construction, but do expect traffic delays during peak hours, so plan your route accordingly.

Cleveland Road Waterline Replacement Project
In conjunction with and prior to the 2024 Cleveland Road Safety Improvement project, the City has contacted with Ed Burdue & Co.,LLC of Sandusky, OH to re-align the water mains intersecting at Cleveland Road and Cedar Point Drive to align with the roadway geometry for future maintenance purposes, as the existing water lines are respectively 51 to 64 years old. A construction start date has yet to be established but will be released to the public once known. The construction work in this area is expected to be done prior to the Cedar Point 2023 season or in late fall after the season has ended.

Warren Street Reconstruction Project
The segment of Warren Street from Water Street to Market Street, then again from Washington Street to East Monroe Street, totaling nearly a half mile in length will see waterline replacement, new fire hydrants, service lines and meters; adding storm sewer, curbing, driveway aprons, a sidewalk along the East side and an asphalt muti-use path on the West side tying Shoreline Park and Huron Park together and installation of new asphalt pavement.

The project has been awarded to Speer Bros. of Sandusky, Ohio, once contract books are executed, coordination will begin on start dates and construction scheduling. 

2023 Local Street Resurfacing Project
This project consist of resurfacing local roads, using an asphalt overlay and in sections desiring more attention will see additional milling and repairs. Here are the planned areas for 2023;

    • Buchanan Street, from Camp St to Eddy Henry Way
    • Dietrick Street, from Cleveland Rd to EOP
    • East Madison Street, from Columbus Ave to Franklin St
    • Fifth Street, from River Ave to Hollyrood Rd
    • Fourth Street, from Ogontz St to Sycamore Ln
    • Jackson Street, from W Monroe St to W Washington St
    • McDonough Street, from W Market St to W Water St
    • Perry Street, from E Madison St to E Adams St
    • Sadler Street, from W Perkins Ave to W Farwell St
    • Superior Street, from Ferndale Ave to EOP
    • Thomas Street, from W Perkins Ave to Grant St
    • W Arthur Street, from Campbell St to EOPW
    • Follett Street, from Campbell St to Caldwell St
    • W Osborne Street, from Prospect St to Shelby St
    • Ogontz Street, from Cleveland Rd to Fifth St
The contractor will complete roadway paving Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May23rd, of which, they will then move into structure repairs and edge sealing.

2023 CDBG Local Street Resurfacing Project
The City will roll out yet another street resurfacing project this year utilizing Community Development Block Grant money, the project has been approved by City Commission and will go out for bid in the coming weeks. This project consist of resurfacing local roads, using an asphalt overlay and in sections desiring more attention will see additional milling and repairs.

2023 Sidewalk Replacement Project
The City will roll out another sidewalk replacement project this year, once a contract has been awarded in Early May, the City will work with the contractor to develop a schedule, check back here for updates. This project consist of sidewalk replacement at the following locations;

    • Lane Street, from Columbus Ave to Wayne St
    • West Madison Street, from Fulton St to Columbus Ave
    • Baltimore Street, Cable St to Finch St
    • Shelby Street, from W Jefferson St to W Washington St
    • Walk along Milan Road, off 50th Street
    • 128 Adams Street, East
    • 134 Adams Street, East
    • 335 Adams Street, East
    • 329 Adams Street, East
    • 1414 Buckingham Street
    • 1505 Campbell Street 
    • 621 Clinton Street
    • 1027 Clinton Street
    • 1335 Clinton Street 
    • 401 Dewey Street
    • 403 Dewey Street
    • 411 Dewey Street
    • 1022 Fourth Street
    • 415 Franklin Street
    • 1025 Harrison Street
    • 1029 Harrison Street
    • 1033 Harrison Street
    • 507 Huron Avenue
    • 508 Huron Avenue
    • 509 Huron Avenue
    • 513 Huron Avenue
    • 519 Huron Avenue
    • 527 Huron Avenue
    • 531 Huron Avenue
    • 1213 Marlboro Street
    • 1218 Marlboro Street
    • 1221 Marlboro Street
    • 1225 Marlboro Street
    • 312 Neil Street
    • 1536 Oakmont Lane
    • 515 Osborne Street, West
    • 505 Pearl Street
    • 509 Pearl Street
    • 1416 Putnam Street
    • 512 Scott Street
    • 514 Scott Street
    • 306 Tyler Street
    • 308 Tyler Street
    • 411 Tyler Street
    • 828 Tyler Street
    • 421 Wayne Street
    • 429 Wayne Street

Questions regarding City infrastructure projects can be directed to Megan Stookey, Project Manager at or 419.627.5878.