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Canton Road improvements still on hold

11/1/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield continues to wait on improvements proposed for Canton Road that are designed to reduce congestion and traffic accidents.

Township officials heard from Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker at the Oct. 25 Springfield Board of Trustees meeting on the project, which was first presented about five years ago and was supposed to include a stretch of Canton Road from Sanitarium Road to Arcadia Road/Meadows Drive. The project, initially started under former Summit County Engineer Greg Bachman, included sidewalks and left-turn lanes, and was partially funded with Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) safety funds totaling about $1 million.

Brubaker told trustees that after studying the project, engineers found that to address safety issues, improvements would have to include significant changes to the Canton Road/state Route 224 intersection in order to justify the use of the safety funds. Safety funds require those receiving the money to show there will be a reduction in accidents, according to Brubaker. The intersection work involves redesigning the roads to make them meet at 90-degree angles and adding turn lanes in all directions, he added.

Brubaker said the project has since been modified to start at Brittany Boulevard instead of Sanitarium Road. He also said the work would involve moving fire hydrants, poles and electrical lines, and reducing the number of driveways from businesses in the area onto Canton Road, in addition to the roadwork. The work also would encompass aligning Arcadia Road with Meadows Drive.

One portion of the original work — the installation of a traffic light at Springfield Lake Road — is under way.

Brubaker told trustees he has only $1 million of the estimated $6.5 million total cost needed for the project. He said his office has been meeting with ODOT officials, which will handle the intersection improvements, which he said should include two left-turn lanes, to coordinate that work with county work to minimize disruptions to motorists and to reduce the overall costs of the project.

“ODOT officials told us they intend to hire a consultant to prepare detailed plans for their portion of the project in April 2013,” he said. “Their portion of the project will not be ready until 2016 at the earliest if they follow their normal time schedule.”

That means the county work will likely be delayed almost as long, he said.

Brubaker said his office is working on trying to move both the ODOT portion of the project and the county portion forward and is seeking additional funding. He added public meetings would be held on the project when everyone is ready to move forward with the work.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved:

• a purchase order in the amount of $10,280 for participation in the BWC Group Retrospective Rating Program approved at the last meeting;

• a purchase order for $100,903 to Liberta Construction Co. for the township’s share of the 2012 concrete pavement repair program as part of the Engineer’s Office’s maintenance program;

• an application for a $20,000 Office of Criminal Justice Service Jag Law Enforcement grant, with a 10 percent match, to purchase mobile data terminals for the Police Department; and

• a bid proposal by Ohio.Net to provide a new phone system and monthly service to the township.

Also, Trustee Dean Young announced the new Dollar General located at Canton and Sanitarium roads that is due to open Nov. 10 has been a cooperative effort between the township and Lakemore Village. He said the building is half on township property and half on Lakemore property.

“This is evidence that the village and the township can work together to make a better community,” he said. “The building also demonstrates changes and advances to our zoning code to require architectural details in commercial construction designed to improve community appearance.”

Trustee Deborah Davis stated residents are invited to drop off leaf and brush to Woodland Mulch, located on state Route 224, at no cost, and leaves to Earth & Wood, located on South Arlington Road, for $5 a load.

Davis also reported the township has received $168 from paper items collected in the recycling bin, with the money allocated to go to the parks.

During a special meeting recently, trustees OK’d a contract with CXT Inc. to design a new public restroom building to be constructed on Canfield Road near the Boyd Esler Senior and Community Center. Young stated the company has built similar facilities for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will be Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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