AVON — More than $17.1 million will be spent on infrastructure improvements over the next two years to accommodate more traffic expected from commercial growth.
Mayor Bryan Jensen said improvements are slated for Chester and Nagel roads and state Route 83 as well as Schwartz Road Park and Veterans Memorial Park in 2016 and 2017.
Chester and Nagel roads are expected to fill with traffic in the coming years once Menards, Cabela’s, Meijer, Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital and Bendix open.
Jensen said those projects alone are expected to bring an additional 2,000 jobs to Avon. Costs will be covered by the city, developers and grants, Jensen said, with developers covering half the cost of some road-widening projects in some instances.
Jensen said developer agreements are also in place on all projects coming to the area, meaning developers will pay for certain utility and sewer improvements along Chester and Nagel roads.
Projects for 2016 likely will be bid this fall in anticipation of the opening of the Cleveland Clinic, Menards, Cabela’s and Meijer, Jensen said.
In 2016, Chester Road will be widened from two lanes to five lanes east of Menard’s proposed location to Jaycox Road. Storm sewers and utility work will also be performed for a total estimated cost of $5.8 million. Developers will pay about $4.8 million of those costs, Jensen said.
The city will cover $1.1 million in costs associated with widening Chester Road to five lanes and making storm sewer and utility improvements from state Route 83 to the east property line of Wal-Mart.
State Route 83 will also be repaved from Detroit Road in Avon to Lake Road in Avon Lake with a left-turn lane from the Avon Lake border to Lake Road and a right-turn lane to access Interstate 90 in Avon.
That project will cost an estimated $3.1 million and is being covered jointly by Avon and Avon Lake, which both have received state grants.
Jensen said with the increased number of jobs coming to Avon, the city expects more people to move to the area, which in turn means more people using the city’s two main parks. The city will spend $1.6 million to add secondary access drives to both Schwartz Road Park and Veterans Memorial Park in anticipation.
In 2017, Nagel Road will be widened to three lanes and the intersection of Detroit and Nagel roads will be widened as well for turning lanes, new curbs, sidewalks, catch basins and storm sewers. The city will cover all of the estimated $5.4 million in costs associated with the Nagel Road work.
Another project slated for 2017 the city will pay for is widening Chester Road between Jaycox and Nagel roads to three lanes, installing new water mains, storm and sanitary sewers and catch basins for a little over $2 million.
Jensen said the city intends to take out loans to pay for the estimated $12.8 million Avon will have to shell out to cover its share of the projects. He said the city will likely pay loans off in five years using revenue generated through increased income tax revenue the city will get with 2,000-plus new jobs.