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Cuyahoga Falls considering road projects

11/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

At the Nov. 12 Cuyahoga Falls City Council meeting, several new pieces of legislation were introduced for consideration, including five resolutions relating to road construction projects throughout the city and one to conduct a feasibility study on a major construction project.

The following resolutions would authorize the director of public service to apply for and accept financial assistance in the form of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), for:

  • the resurfacing of Second Street between Crawford School Way and Broad Boulevard;
  • the reconstruction of Front and Second streets between Chestnut Boulevard and the Cuyahoga River;
  • the resurfacing of Steels Corners Road between State Road and Wyndham Ridge Drive.
  • the resurfacing of Front Street between Broad Boulevard and Second Street; and
  • the construction of the Wyoga Lake Road Multi-Purpose Trail.

According to Councilwoman Mary Ellen Pyke (Ward 2), if the grant is accepted and the city is awarded money for the trail project, a hiking/biking trail would be constructed in this area and connected to other area parks in Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.

According to City Engineer Tony Demasi, none of these proposed projects will begin for at least a few years.

“If we are awarded the money, the resurfacing projects will probably begin within two to three years, but the bigger projects probably won’t begin for at least six or seven years,” Demasi said.

Council members also heard a resolution authorizing the director of public service to apply for and accept financial assistance in the form of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, through AMATS, to conduct a feasibility study of implementing two-way traffic on Front and Second streets between Broad Boulevard and state Route 8.

According to Demasi, if the feasibility study is conducted, a consultant will be hired to do studies to see if this project is possible and talk to residents and motorists about their thoughts on the project.

Council will hold committee meetings Nov. 18 and a regular meeting Nov. 25, both beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Natatorium, located at 2345 Fourth St.

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