BEAVERCREEK — The City of Beavercreek will be participating in a grant program with the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to help aide in the cost of capital improvement projects ongoing throughout the community. The OPWC is accepting more applications due to more available funds.

“We would like to apply two applications for projects on Shakertown Road. The first project would be to widen the road from just east of Grange Hall Road to just east of Burntwood Drive to three lanes and adding a sidepath on the north side, storm sewer and replace a deteriorated culvert,” Beavercreek City Engineer Jeff Moorman said. “The second project was the Shakertown Road Extension project. It would eliminate the existing access point at US 35, extend Shakertown Road to Factory Road and realign Alpha-Bellbrook Road to the west.”

Both applications request grant money totalling $1,200. The money would be used for the Shakertown Road Widening Project and the Extension Project. The improvement plan is a key component of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s larger plan to improve US Route 35 where both this project and the US 35 Superstreet Project is estimated to be $3 million.

Beavercreek has already received $1,722,000 from MVRPC. Also, Beavercreek Township’s participation is also a possibility.

“These are great projects to be planned with this money,” City of Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone said.

If the city is successful in obtaining the needed grant money, it would be available in 2018. If the grant application is successful, the Shakertown Road Widening Project will be ready for construction next summer, and the Shakertown Road Extension Project is planned for the summer of 2019.

By Danielle Coots

For the News-Current

Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.