Medina gets the go-ahead to improve its roads

March 8, 2013 by  

The Medina, Ohio, City Council has unanimously voted to improve its roads, it was revealed at the start of the month.

The council voted to give the city’s mayor the authority to seek competitive bids, and ultimately award a construction contract to the winning bidder for work on the West Smith Road Reconstruction Project.

Patrick Patton, who is Medina’s City Engineer, said West Smith Road will be the biggest project slated to take place in 2013. The project is planned in phases, with the first to begin this spring and the second scheduled for 2014.

Phase one will stretch from Lake Road east to the railroad tracks that are located between State Road and Lake Road. The second phase will run from the tracks to just short of State Road.

The estimated budget for the project is $2.8m, which includes removing the current pavement completely and reconstructing it. A new center turn lane will also be constructed. Patton also noted that there will be work done on the storm sewers as well.

Funding for the project comes mostly from the city, but there have been grants made by the Ohio Public Works Commission and the ODOT Office of Jobs and Commerce, for $330,000 and $240,000 respectively. The ODOT grant is earmarked for the turn lane.

Medina city council members could consider working with flyer printing experts to develop a mailer for city residents. The flyers could explain any financial aspects of the project that are of concern, as well as describing the improvements, and suggesting any alternate routes commuters can use during construction.