By Mike Lesko | Gateway News
Thanks to a decision by Ohio Department of Transportation officials, Streetsboro should save up to $200,000, Mayor Glenn Broska said.
ODOT determined that a culvert that was previously planned to be installed on S.R. 303 along Tinkers Creek will actually be called a bridge because it will be more than 10 feet wide.
Because of the different designation, ODOT will pick up more of the cost that the city was previously scheduled to pay, officials said.
“We had $200,000 set aside for that project,” Broska said at a recent Streetsboro City Council meeting. “Now, (the city’s portion) could be zero, but it will be substantially less than ($200,000).”
The bridge would help relieve flooding in that area, Broska said, and the project would replace an existing culvert.
“It’s going to make that area easier to drain,” he said.
Broska praised Bruce Terrell, the city’s engineering director, for initiating a recent meeting in which Broska and Terrell discussed the matter with ODOT officials.
“This a coup for the city,” Broska said.
Despite its new designation, the project is still planned for 2015, but Broska isn’t complaining because city money will be saved.
Broska said the city would not be able to fund the project without help from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study.
Previously, he said more than $400,000 would be supplied by AMATS, while the city’s portion previously would be between $160,000 and $200,000. Although the exact new monetary breakdown is not yet known, it should be even more favorable to the city, the mayor said.
Broska said there is no way the city could pay for the entire project.
Councilwoman Julie Field said she believes the flooding problem is something that needs to be resolved.
“I understand the flooding on Route 303 has been a problem for years,” she said. “It can be a hazard in an emergency situation.
“I know so many people who travel on Route 303 to get to their jobs and their homes,” she said. “This is a huge detail to the residents of Ward 4. It’s ridiculous that the road is not passable when it rains hard.”
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