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Engineer bond to help fund Cooper Foster widening


Congested Cooper Foster Park Road in Lorain and Amherst will get a $5.2 million facelift in several years thanks in part to Lorain County Engineer Kenneth Carney’s highway bond program.

County commissioners Thursday approved an agreement for Lorain and Amherst to borrow $800,000 to cover engineering costs through Carney’s highway bond program for federally aided routes in cities and villages.

Five lanes of new concrete will be poured between state Route 58 and Williamsburg Drive, and the road will be three lanes between Williamsburg and Oberlin Avenue. The project is expected to take place in 2010.

The widening cost includes the installation of signs, signals, new concrete curbs and drive aprons.

The widening of that section of Cooper Foster has been on Lorain’s wish list for years. It almost came to pass in 2005 when the developer for a proposed Wal-Mart agreed to have the store foot the bill in exchange for the rezoning it needed. However, residents got the rezoning on the ballot and it — and therefore, the Wal-Mart — was voted down.

Carney said the $5 million in the fund was able to bankroll 17 road projects totaling $37 million, and the Cooper Foster Park road resurfacing is the last project to receive engineering funds. All of the money is now committed to projects, he said.

Commissioners also ap-proved $283,107 toward the cost of replacing the deteriorating Mills Road bridge on the Avon-North Ridgeville border. The cost of the project, which received a $225,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant, will be divided among Avon, North Ridgeville and the county engineer’s office.

KMU Trucking & Excavating of Avon was awarded the bridge contract. The work will begin shortly and completion is expected by the end of the year. Mills Road will be closed and detours will be posted.

Contact Cindy Leise at 653-6250 or

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