Hines Hill paving delayed

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The city will wait until 2014 to pave Hines Hill Road as the city engineer explores alternatives to bike paths along the route.

City Council members Jan. 22 supported City Engineer Thom Sheridan's proposal to "scrap" legislation that called for paving Hines Hill Road this year.

Council had wanted to add bike lanes along 0.35 miles of Hines Hill Road during the resurfacing work, but the widening could impact wetlands, Sheridan said, so he removed them from the plans.

By waiting until 2014 to pave the road, Sheridan will have time to consider alternatives for the bike lane proposal.

The delay would not impact ODOT funding for the project, Sheridan said. The resurfacing of Hines Hill Road is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation Resurfacing Projects.

Sheridan recommended Council wait and remove the legislation from the agenda for the Feb. 6 meeting.

"I do not want to go out to bid [on Hines Hill Road]," Sheridan said. "Scrap this."

Council members agreed to remove the legislation, which had been on the consent agenda.

City officials estimated the bike lanes would cost the city between $150,000 to $170,000. The lanes were proposed for both sides of Hines Hill Road from the Boston Heights border to the entrance of the former Youth Development Center, 996 Hines Hill Road.

Sheridan expected ODOT to raise concerns about the bikes lanes' impact on wetlands, he said.

By delaying the paving, the bike lanes could still be considered, according to Sheridan.

Sheridan plans to study the wetlands and return to Council with the results and updated costs. He also will include the costs of patching to maintain the road before the full repaving work is done if the project is delayed until spring 2014.

"I don't have all the answers now," Sheridan said. "It will take months of study, so put it on hold and put it out to bid next year."

ODOT will provide 80 percent of the funding for the resurfacing of Hines Hill Road. The city would have to pay $108,000 for the $540,000 repaving project.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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