Since around 2003, there's been talk about building a road connecting Philipp Parkway to Ethan Drive in Streetsboro, a project with a total price tag of $2.8 million.
City leaders want it. Residents want it. But the right conditions to make the project a reality have never emerged -- until now. Through a combination of funding from various government agencies and cooperation from Kimball Co., which owns the 90 acres the extension would cross, the project appears to be approaching a reality. After a hefty $1.5 million assessment to Kimball and help from JobsOhio, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Portage County Water Resources, the cost to the city would only be in the neighborhood of $300,000 for installing water lines, according to city leaders.
The active planning, grant writing and relationship building that made this project possible is a good sign for Streetsboro. It's the most recent of several successes for the city in obtaining funds from outside entities. That kind of cooperation with other governmental agencies and land owners has been in short supply through much of the city's recent history.
The connection of the two industrially-zoned roads will enable truck drivers to cut through industrial land from Route 43 all the way to Frost Road and Interstate 480, instead of driving through the center of town.
As We See It, the effort is well worth it for this project, which appears likely to benefit everyone involved: Kimball (which would presumably make money from selling parcels to industrial developers), industries on either side of Route 43 in northern Streetsboro and the south end Aurora, and residents who will not have to tolerate as much trucking along routes 43 and 14 or poor road conditions as a result of truck traffic over time.
We're happy to see this laudable effort to find a practical solution and realize a long-term dream of city leaders and hope such efforts continue.