Streetsboro -- City Council may set aside an extra $150,000 or so for the raising of a section of Route 303 to make sure there is enough money on hand.
Bruce Terrell, the city's former engineering director, told city leaders at a Feb. 22 Council work session that, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, the city's share of the project would be about $440,000, which is what the city had been planning to budget.
"However, you need to be aware that this estimate can vary based on the design, the right-of-way clearance and various issues that may or may not arise," Terrell said. "It would be my suggestion that if we're going to plan ahead for this, we should plan for between $500,000 and $600,000 to be safe. If we don't use it, that's good. But if we need it, at least it's there."
Council unanimously approved legislation Feb. 24 "which, in essence, is telling ODOT we want them to move along with the project," Terrell said.
Council is required to approve the city's 2014 budget by March 31.
Mayor Glenn Broska said the project that will be funded mainly by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study will make Streetsboro a lot safer.
"This project should stop the flooding in that area," Broska said. "The general idea is to bring the level of the road up to the railroad tracks. We're going to raise the road over the bowl. It's a two-part process -- raising it from Jefferson Street to the railroad tracks, and across the bowl near the bypass."
Broska said raising the road will help decrease flooding in the area, which has been the cause of numerous road closures along that stretch of Route 303.
The city will receive about $2.068 million to raise Route 303 west, AMATS officials announced. In addition, the city will be awarded $500,000 from ODOT for the project, according to ODOT officials. The total cost of the project is $3.5 million, Broska said. The city has not determined the budgeting timetable.
The project is expected to begin in mid-summer 2016, but Terrell said the start date is dependent on the length of time it takes for the project to receive environmental clearance.
"At this point, they have not even begun the design," Terrell said. "But since they're raising the road almost 3 feet, they may have to acquire some new right of way. We won't know until they get the preliminary design done, which they can't do until they get the consent legislation [approved Feb. 24]. Until we get the environmental clearances, until we get the design, we really don't have a good handle other than a pencil estimate. I'd [budget money] on the higher end. If we don't spend it, it's good. If we need it, then we've got a place to pull it from."
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