Frost Road bridge, intersection work delayed

by Rachel Sluss | Reporter  and Bob Gaetjens | Editor  Published:

Streetsboro -- Plans for construction along Frost Road will have to be pushed back from 2015 to 2016 due to lack of state funding, according to Engineering Director Bruce Terrell.

According to Terrell, construction is now scheduled to begin in June 2016.

"I've had some conversations, and, as of now, it does not appear that we will need to budget any more for our share of the project until our budget of 2016," Terrell said.

Council discussed updates regarding plans for Frost Road at its Jan. 27 meeting.

City Council member Tim Claypoole said he's concerned about the change to the construction date. The project was originally slated to take place in fiscal year 2015.

"Frost Road is high on my priority list of roads," Claypoole said.

Terrell said the schedule change is due to an unavailability of funds. The Akron Area Metropolitan Transportation Study and the Ohio Department of Transportation "over-programmed" for fiscal year 2015. 

Through AMATS, ODOT is giving the city about $3.9 million for the project, said Terrell.

"This happens every year," he said. "ODOT is trying to make sure they can do as many projects as possible, and I give them credit for that."

Terrell said the project includes adding a lane to the north side of the bridge over Interstate 480 and adding left turn lanes to Frost Road's intersection with Route 43.

"The intersection of Frost and Route 43 will be improved with dedicated turn lanes and everything that needs to be done so we can keep traffic moving," said Terrell.

The traffic signals at the Frost Road ramps to I-480 and the intersection with Philipp Parkway also will be updated, he added.

Following the 2016 work, probably in 2018 or 2019, Terrell said plans are in place to add a left turn lane to Frost Road from the I-480 bridge to just short of the Route 43 intersection.

"We are still applying for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds -- that's through ODOT and AMATS," he said, adding a formal application is planned for later this year.

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