Streetsboro schools plan traffic study near Route 14 high school site

by mike lesko | Reporter Published:

Streetsboro -- A traffic study on Route 14 is under way following the repair of a sink hole on Diagonal Road that limited the amount of traffic headed toward the proposed Streetsboro High School and stadium, which are planned on Route 14 across from Deer Meadow Boulevard.

The traffic study was delayed because of the sink hole, Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said. The sink hole repair was completed the week of May 6.

"That represents a significant amount of traffic," he said. "A lot of people use Diagonal Road to access Kent. So if we did a traffic study [previously], it wouldn't accurately represent what we'd be dealing with when we build the school.

Daulbaugh said the traffic study will take several weeks to complete.

Daulbaugh said the high school site would be surveyed. He said after the boundary work was completed about May 8, a topographic study, which would include a listing of elevations, would begin.

"Once the entire survey is done, we'll get a draft of it that I'll present to the School Board," he said.

Also, there will be an environmental site assessment, he said, and at the end of May, there will be a soil borings survey.

"[The soil borings survey] will determine how buildable it is and what type of foundation rock is underneath the soil," he said, adding the study will affect the way the facilities are constructed.

Since the Route 14 site is a "hot button topic" with some city officials and residents who preferred to build the high school at the City Park, Daulbaugh said, FMD Architects, which is working on the school construction project, advised school leaders that "before we have a meaningful discussion with them, we felt we needed to gather a lot of information."

"Once we have all that information, we feel we'll be able to intelligently talk about that site," Daulbaugh said. "What are the challenges? Advantages? Disadvantages?"

He said after that is all done, he'd like to reach out to City Council and say, "What are your questions?"

Daulbaugh said FMD and Hammond Construction Co. would "facilitate that discussion because those are the folks that will have the information."

School Board President Andrew Lesak suggested the meeting be at a separate session rather than a regular Board of Education meeting. A specific date has not been picked.

A new high school and stadium are planned on Route 14 across from Deer Meadow Boulevard. At the Route 303 school campus, the existing high school will be heavily renovated to accommodate grades six through eight, and an addition will be built at Campus Elementary School, following the approval of a bond issue in November. The current middle school and Wait Primary School will eventually be closed. Henry Defer Intermediate School would not be renovated, but would only serve fourth- and fifth-graders, according to the district's plan.


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