Streetsboro -- Officials announced the final financial piece June 3 for a road extension they hope will take some of the traffic pressure on Streetsboro's main intersection, as well as provide space for new employers.
The Ohio Department of Transportation announced a grant of $584,000 for upgrades to Ethan Drive at Route 43. The grant will pay for new lanes, signalization, curbs and gutters. It's part of a $3.4 million plan to extend Philipp Parkway 3,500 feet east to Ethan Drive and Route 43.
The investment is part of the state's Turnpike Mitigation program, to provide money to local communities for transportation-related improvements within one mile of the turnpike.
Mayor Glenn Broska said the public-private partnership involved "shows what we can accomplish when we work together." The extension will open up to 11 new sites for industrial employers, he said.
Other funding partners in the Phillips Parkway project are: $1.5 million from Steele Hill Properties II LLC, property owner; $400,000 from Jobs Ohio; $350,000 from Portage County Department of Water Resources; $330,000 from Streetsboro for water lines and $250,000 from ODOT.
Broska said the combined effort of state, county and local funding will help open new land for economic development and jobs as well as divert thousands of heavy trucks away from the intersection of routes 14 and 43 in the center of the city.
A traffic survey showed nearly 700 vehicles a day get off the turnpike to Route 14 and then turn left on to Route 43 to head north. If most of those trucks take the new route connecting the Philipp Parkway with Route 43, drivers will save about 2 miles per trip.
"You literally are saving some 80,000 miles [per year] and the time involved for those drivers," as well a keeping them out of the city square, Broska said June 3.
Plans are to put the project out to bid in September, build the road base this winter and pave next spring, Broska said.
"We look to be driving on it by May next year," Broska said.
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