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Boston officials hear presentation from AMATS

3/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

The Boston Township Board of Trustees heard a presentation from Jason Segedy, the director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), at the March 12 meeting.

Segedy gave the trustees an overview of what AMATS does, as well as what it can do for the township. Then he answered some questions.

According to Segedy, there are three main components of AMATS, with one being the oversight of the expenditure of federal transportation funds.

“We are given between $10 [million] and $15 million federal dollars to spend on transportation in all of our service areas each year,” Segedy said.

He added that most of that money is used for road maintenance, such as pothole repair, bridge work and road construction, but if other transportation needs arise, the funds can be used on that as well.

The second main component of AMATS is transportation planning, he said. According to Segedy, he and his department conduct different studies throughout Summit County and make plans for what different cities and townships will need in the future.

According to Segedy, the final component of AMATS is that it is a means for different local governments to be able to get together and discuss transportation needs.

Segedy said, for example, several communities are working together with AMATS to try to change state Route 8 to an interstate.

“I recently heard back from ODOT [Ohio Department of Transportation], and they said they’re not really interested in pursuing this at this time,” Segedy said, “but, I’m going to keep trying.”

Segedy said he thinks ODOT is against this due to the expense of the new signage that would be needed, as well as the potential cost of maintaining the interstate.

He said he will continue to work on this issue and will keep the trustees informed of any progress he makes.

Segedy also told trustees two of the roads in Boston Township — Akron-Peninsula and Riverview roads — are eligible for AMATS funding.

When asked what makes a road eligible for AMATS funding, Segedy said this program takes care of all state route roads and nonstate routes that are still a major transportation system.

Trustee Amy Anderson said she is interested in using some funding for these roads, but didn’t want them to take away the “scenic” feel.

“Part of our mission is to maintain open space where it already exists,” Segedy said. “We won’t do anything to take away that feeling from these roads.”

In other business:

  • Peninsula Police Chief Joe Varga reported there have been several car break-ins at Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort recently.
  • Anderson reported she attended an informational meeting about the Gay Games, which will take place Aug. 9-16 in the Akron and Cleveland areas. More than half a dozen events will take place in Akron-area venues, including soccer, baseball, softball, and track and field at The University of Akron; a marathon and half marathon; and rock climbing at Kendall Cliffs in Appalachian Outfitters in Boston Township.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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