Streetsboro -- This is "an exciting time for the city," Mayor Glenn Broska believes, because Streetsboro has a number of capital improvement projects planned this year.
The city is nearing the completion of an agreement to extend Philipp Parkway which will connect the roadway from L'Oreal to Route 43, he said. The city has budgeted $68,000 in engineering fees this year for the project.
"Completing this loop will open up an additional 600,000 square feet of buildable industrial land," Broska said. "Also, there is an added benefit of diverting hundreds of commercial vehicles from the square and Route 43. The addition of this important link will significantly reduce the travel time, as well as fuel usage by vehicles coming to our industrial parks."
The city is nearing completion of its plans to bring city water to the Sunny Slopes area, Broska said. This year, the city plans to complete Phase 1, which consists of a main line on Sunny Lane from Frost Road to Gaynelle Avenue and out to Route 43 and a water line on Meldon Drive from Frost to Gaynelle and out to Route 43.
The city's street and service departments have $80,000 budgeted this year for storm sewer and drainage work.
The city received a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission to help pay to replace water lines on Blitz, Nita and Lido lanes, and Gillie, Ellen, June, Flora and Gerald drives. This project will be bid in June and will start sometime toward the end of July, he said.
"It will improve water quality and fire protection to these neighborhoods," he said.
Seasons Road will be repaired and repaved from Route 43 to the city's southern corporate limits. The cost to the city will be about $400,000, he said.
The cost of the entire project is estimated at $800,000. About $400,000 of that total will be paid through funding from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, enabling the city to use its paving dollars elsewhere, according to Broska.
"Many of the projects are being completed due to our success in obtaining important grant dollars. Having this financial assistance enables the city to stretch our own tax dollars. Improved infrastructure makes our city much more attractive to potential manufacturing and industry prospects and that equates to adding good, well-paying jobs for our citizens."
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