Streetsboro eyes $12M in road funds

By Mike Lesko | GATEWAY NEWS Published:

It's still early, but Streetsboro officials are encouraged that a number of their proposed projects rank near the top of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study's preliminary funding lists.

The city is hoping for about $11.8 million in funding from AMATS for projects planned for 2018 and 2019.

"(The preliminary list) looks good for us," Mayor Glenn Broska said. If the city were to be awarded these projects, "it would give us plenty of time to plan and make sure we have money available to us."

Funding for the current round of projects, which would be slated to take place in 2018 and 2019, will not be announced until Jan. 30, when the AMATS policy committee finalizes its funding decisions, according to Victor Botosan, AMATS transportation improvement program coordinator.

Streetsboro projects under consideration by AMATS are ranked in three separate categories from which funding can be obtained -- the surface transportation program, the transportation alternative program and the resurfacing program. They include:

S.R. 14 sidewalks, ranked No. 15 on the AMATS funding list. Total project cost is $510,000 with $395,000 requested from AMATS. The cost to city would be $115,000.

Page Road sidewalks, ranked No. 17 on the AMATS funding list. Total project cost is $532,000 with $413,000 requested from AMATS. The cost to the city would be $119,000.

S.R. 14 reconstruction, ranked No. 7 on the AMATS funding list. Total project cost is $980,000 with $720,000 requested from AMATS. The cost to the city would be $160,000.

Citywide traffic signals, ranked No. 15 on the AMATS funding list. Total project cost is $5.12 million with $3.7 million requested from AMATS. The cost to the city would be $1.434 million.

Frost Road, Phase II widening, ranked No. 20 on the AMATS funding list. Total project cost is $5.67 million with $4.5 million requested from AMATS. The cost to the city would be $1.13 million.

• S.R. 303 Tinkers Creek culvert/drainage improvements, ranked No. 25 on AMATS funding list. Total project cost is $3.5 million with $2.1 million in AMATS funds requested. The cost to the city would be $1.43 million.

"That (S.R. 303 culvert/drainage project) is an absolute priority," Broska said. "That is a high water area. That project is still slated to move forward. The state is well aware that the project is a high priority. It scored very high on the (AMATS) priority list."

Broska believes the fact that the proposed projects are scheduled to occur in 2018 and/or 2019 is significant because "that will give us time to plan ahead to make sure we have that portion of the project budgeted."

"If funding is available (through AMATS), we want to get our portion of it so we can get the project done," Broska said. "There are times when communities put in for a project, then they're unable to come up with their share of the funds."

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9439 or mlesko@recordpub.com

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