City of Solon’s Traffic Signal Upgrade Project Is Underway

Perram Electric performs traffic signal upgrade in City of Solon, Ohio

Perram Electric performs traffic signal upgrade in City of Solon, Ohio

Perram Electric is seen performing traffic signal upgrade work near the intersection of SOM Center Road and Portz Parkway in City of Solon.  David Powell is the project engineer for Perram Electric.  Perram Electric’s bid was nearly $700,000 lower than the closest competitor, Miller Cable.  Bids were also received from Rauhorn Electric, Zenith Systems, Terrace Construction and Thompson Electric for this project.

Solon Councilman Bill Mooney had asked about Maintaining Traffic during a City meeting.  He  wanted to understand why Perram Electric’s bid  amount was so much lower than the other bidders.   City’s Traffic Engineer, John Busch said his staff noted that item as well.  After meeting with  Perram Electric, it was found that Perram Electric was comfortable with  the $15,000.00 bid amount and it was agreed there would not be any change orders for maintenance of traffic.

In total, the project will cost nearly $7.2 million, however, because of federal grants and other funding sources, the city will be responsible for $1.2 million.  City of Solon plans to replace or upgrade of 46 traffic, including 13 along the city’s arterial street, SOM Center Road.  The anticipated construction cost is about $5.6 million, with the rest of the budgeted money set aside for change orders and cost overruns.

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Perram Electric begins signal upgrade in City of Solon

City of Solon’s traffic signal contractor, Perram Electric, began drilling pole foundations and boring cables under roads on SOM Center Road from 422 to Aurora Road and on Solon Road from Cochran Road to Richmond Road.  All 43 traffic signals within the City of Solon will be replaced and/or upgraded during the 2 year project.

Gazebo in City of Solon Ohio

Gazebo in City of Solon Ohio

Upon completion, all signals will be accessible through a central computer system located at City Hall. The system will include the latest in traffic technology including video detection and fiber optic communications. 80% of the $4.2 million project cost is covered by a grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.  There will be temporary lane closures at the various intersections during construction.