By Jan. 30, AMATS may pledge $11.8 million to city

by Mike Lesko | reporter Published:

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

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

"[The preliminary list] looks good for us," Mayor Glenn Broska said. "[If we 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 known until Jan. 30, when the AMATS policy committee finalizes its funding decisions, according to Victor Botosan, AMATS transportation improvement program coordinator.

Until then, Botosan said it is too soon to say which projects will be funded, despite their current ranking.

"[Communities] should find out what's up for sure by the end of January," he said.

Botosan said the next step is for an AMATS subcommittee to come up with another preliminary ranking of projects recommended to be funded. That list will be sent to AMATS' Technical Advisory Committee's transportation improvement program, then to the AMATS policy committee, which will give its final funding approval Jan. 30.

"At this point, the [current] ranking [doesn't have a real bearing on the final outcome]," Botosan said. "It's still too early in the process."

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:

Route 14 sidewalks, ranked No. 15 on the AMATS' TAP funding list. Total project cost, $510,000. AMATS funds requested, $395,000. Cost to city, $115,000.

Page Road sidewalks, ranked No. 17 on the AMATS' TAP funding list. Total project cost, $532,000. AMATS funds requested $413,000. Cost to city, $119,000.

Route 14 reconstruction, ranked No. 7 on the AMATS' STP funding list. Total project cost, $980,000. AMATS funds requested, $720,000. Cost to city, $160,000.

Citywide traffic signals, ranked No. 15 on the AMATS' STP funding list (see related story). Total project cost, $5.122 million. AMATS funds requested, $3.688 million. Cost to city, $1.434 million.

Frost Road, phase II widening, ranked No. 20 on the AMATS' STP funding list. Total project cost, $5.667 million. AMATS funds requested, $4.533 million. Cost to city, $1.134 million.

Route 303 Tinkers Creek culvert/drainage improvements, ranked No. 25 on AMATS' STP funding list. Total project cost, $3.5 million. AMATS funds requested, $2.07 million. Cost to city, $1.43 million.

"That [Route 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 communites put in for a project, then they're unable to come up with their share of the funds."

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