The City of Cambridge, Ohio, continues making improvements and renovations over time in order to add appeal and functionality to our beautiful town—projects both big and small. We are now in preparation of erecting an arch structure located across from the Old Municipal Court building on Southgate Parkway. This project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will be the installation of the posts or columns needed to support the arch. This first step will require only local work zone traffic control. Phase 2 will be to position the arch itself atop these newly installed columns. Phase 2 will require temporary closure of several hours for this section of Southgate Parkway.
In 2015, we hope to have Phase 1 completed by the end of February and Phase 2 beginning in March. This archway will serve as a "welcome" to our City and help frame the picturesque downtown area as well as the Courthouse and the Historic District. Looking ahead, we hope to follow this model by obtaining funds in order to place another arch structure at the east end of town.
The City of Cambridge is excited to announce the reconstruction of Oakland Boulevard. This improvement project will provide residents and visitors better access as they make their way along this route. While we anticipate this project to be constructed in 2016, our design includes an upgrade to sidewalks, curbs, storm sewers, as well as the installation of all new roadway. These improvements will begin at Highland Avenue heading north to Clark Street. Our design for this area will widen the street by—a spacious—2 feet along each side.
Traveling this roadway, you will notice the large existing right-of-way allowing us to house utilities such as gas, water, sewer lines, and not to mention, fully grown trees. This neighborhood has been in existence for several decades and many trees within the tree lawn have begun to decline. Here in Cambridge, Ohio, we are a Tree City and with the assistance of ODOT and our City's very own Tree Commission, we plan to keep as many of the healthier trees that are not in direct conflict with the upgrade. This revitalization or "rebirth" encompasses strategic placement of new trees along the tree lawn creating an attractive, yet functional, access route for residents and visitors—a presentation in which our City is known for.