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Avon council adds funding for bike path study

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AVON — City Council added the remaining funding for a study into creating a citywide bicycle and multiuse path.

Council approved a $5,000 grant from Lorain County Metro Parks to go toward the $20,000 cost of the study.

The city received $15,000 for the bike and multiuse path master plan in October from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative. City Engineer Ryan Cummins said Lorain County Metro Parks provided the remaining needed funds after talks began in May.

The money will pay for the city’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative consultant Envision to develop a concept for the path that will go through the city as well as possible points in Sheffield. Areas that would be connected by the path include French Creek Reservation, Black River Bikeway and Lorain County Community College.

In other business, the city awarded the Chester Road widening project from state Route 83 to American Way to Liberta Construction Co. Inc., which had submitted a bid of about $1.3 million.

Increased traffic, with more anticipated, makes the project necessary, Economic Development Director Pam Fetcher previously has said. Traffic has increased overall along Chester Road, and the intersection of Chester Road and Route 83 has traffic congestion issues.

According to a traffic study two years ago, Fetcher said, the problem arose due to the turning lane for the GetGo gas station backing up traffic on Chester Road and Route 83.

Currently the road varies from two to four lanes, but the project looks to widen it to at least three lanes as well as add a left turn lane for Traveler’s Point to improve safety.

The traffic along Chester Road has made it difficult to make left turns off the road, increasing safety concerns.

Cummins said the project is expected to begin in mid-July.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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