Light poles delay progress on Smart Mobility Corridor


Progress is being made on the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor—with the exception of receiving and installing light poles.

At its monthly meeting Wednesday the Northwest 33 Innovation Corridor Council of Governments (COG) discussed issues it has had getting the poles ordered so they can be installed along the corridor.

“The poles are really the beginning point,” said Aaron Story, the City of Marysville’s information technology director. “Without getting those in place, it really puts us at a standstill.”

The organization currently has invitations out to bid on getting 62 poles that would be a combination of 40 standard 40-foot poles and 22 50-foot poles. GexPro, an electrical supply company out of Columbus, initially responded to the COG bid but their delivery time was longer than the organization was comfortable with.

“The price came in at just under $3,000 for the painted pole and $2,500 for unpainted but their listed delivery time was 22 weeks,” Story said. “That time frame would really push us back.”

The COG looked at “smart poles” which would allow crews to run network cabling through the inside of the poles, but the officials decided the better route would be to go with a standard pole with a mounted cabinet.

“Right now, we just have the bids out and are hoping to get some responses,” Story said. “In a project that has so many moving parts, this really has been the thing that’s given us the most issues.”

Story said the installation of the conduit that will eventually house the fiber optic cabling along the corridor has “nearly been completed.”

The conduit runs in the ground from the Transportation Research Center west of Marysville to Post Road in the area of  Dublin.

“That’s really step one and once that is all finished, we can move into installing the fiber,” Story said. “There is fiber in now west to about Collins Road. We will then go through Marysville and down Industrial Parkway.”

The cabling portion of the project is on track to be installed and live by the middle of August, Story said.

COG officials plan to have the light poles in by October and still plan for the overall date to be completed at the end of the year.

“Our time frame is still shooting for December 31,” Story said. “It’s ambitious considering some of the issues we have but we’re working toward finishing it and are just trying to push.”

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