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More road work planned in Elyria

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ELYRIA — At least eight more road projects are set to be bid out within the next month in the city this summer, adding to motorists’ headaches but eventually resulting in smoother streets and better water quality for the Black River.

Funding for seven additional paving and resurfacing projects that could start as soon as two months from now will come from the $20 license plate tax paid by Elyria motorists, state and federal funds provided by or administered through the Ohio Public Works Commission and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, City Engineer John Schneider said Wednesday.

According to a list released by the city, those projects include:

  •  West Avenue/Lake Avenue from Fourth Street to Furnace Street
  •  Cleveland Street from state Route 57/Lorain Boulevard to the eastern city limits
  •  Chestnut Ridge Road from Dewhurst Road to Highland Park Drive
  •  State Route 57/Lorain Boulevard from Schadden Road to the northern city limits
  •  State Route 113/John F. Kennedy Memorial Parkway from state Route 57/Lorain Boulevard to Clemens Avenue
  •  Taylor Street from state Route 57/Lorain Boulevard to Winckles Street
  •  Ford Road from Regency Court to Midway Boulevard

NOACA, a transportation and environmental planning agency, determines which projects in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Medina counties will receive federal highway and transportation funding and coordinates with the Ohio Department of Transportation on those projects, according to its website.

Funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission typically is received by July 1 each year, Schneider said Wednesday. He said the Cleveland Street and state routes 57 and 113 projects are being led by ODOT.

The total price tag for the work has yet to be determined. Schneider said not all the planned projects are in the final design phase, so the budget numbers remain “pretty generic” at present.

In addition to paving, North Abbe Road will be closed “for a time” in the coming months while contractors work on Phase 1C of the East Side Relief Sewer project, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandate to prevent runoff into the Black River.

The project will involve closing North Abbe Road from Whitman Boulevard to Howard Street or Hilliard Road so workers can place a 78-inch storage pipe 30 feet underground, connecting the city wastewater treatment plant on Gulf Road to the Eastern Heights neighborhood.

Work on this phase of the project could not start until Gulf Road reopened. Schneider said the time frame on the North Abbe Road closure will be dictated by soil conditions and the contractor’s means and methods of operation, as well as the necessary pipes being shipped from Texas.

Bids submitted for the project should be open “in a month or so,” Schneider said, with the project starting a month after that. Detours for motorists will be posted, and Schneider said local residents will know what alternate streets to take to avoid the construction — including Georgetown Avenue and Gulf Road, he said.

The southern end of Georgetown Avenue, from Howard Street to Livermore Lane, was paved last year because city officials knew it would be heavily traveled this year by motorists detoured from Abbe Road, Schneider said. The northern end of Georgetown Avenue, from Livermore Lane to Rosewood Avenue, will be paved this year.

Elyria City Council already has approved 19 additional streets for paving this spring, summer and early fall, using $1.36 million in Issue 6 funds approved by Elyria voters.

They include the aforementioned portion of Georgetown Avenue and portions of East River Street, Park Avenue, Prospect Street, Belmont Avenue, Morgan Avenue, Dartmouth Circle, Songbird Street, University Avenue, Columbus Street, Fifth Street, Eighth Street, 13th Street, Gates Avenue, West 19th Street, Oak Street, Brandston Avenue and Fairwood Boulevard.

Alternate streets City Council selected to be paved if there is money left over in the Issue 6 funds are Carol Lane (from Defiance Avenue to the cul-de-sac), Walnut Street (from Lorain Boulevard to Adams Street) and Irondale Street.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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