Downtown Batavia construction to start, following delays

Main & Riverside work will begin

After delays, construction for Batavia’s major improvement of the intersection of Main Street and Riverside Drive is scheduled to begin in early October. Adleta Construction is the general contractor. Construction had been slated to begin by mid-September, but Adleta is behind schedule.

Village Administrator Dennis Nichols said the village and Kleingers Group, the engineers managing the project, have told Adleta that further delays could result in the village replacing the company with the second-ranked bidder.

Batavia Maintenance Superintendent, project manager for the village, said he is pressing to get all major work completed before the end of 2021. Shortage of utility poles will push some work into next year.

The project will widen Riverside Drive at Main Street to provide turn lanes, will improve visibility at the Haskell-SR 132-Main intersection on the west side of the bridge, and will replace traffic signals to coordinate them better. The intersection connects two state highways and Main Street at the bridge over the East Fork of the Little Miami River. It is the village’s busiest intersection.

State Routes 132 and 222 share the bridge and the route north from Main Street, and Main Street is the former path of State Route 32.