Hudson -- Improvements on the Prospect and Main streets intersection could begin this summer, and residents have 30 days to provide input on the project.
City Engineer Thom Sheridan, city Civil Engineer Chris Papp and Arcadis Project Manager Mark Dennison, who is the consultant, met with residents Jan. 21 at the Barlow Community Center to answer questions about the project to widen and improve the intersection.
The project's estimated cost is $815,000, and the city's share of the cost is 20 percent, Papp said.
Main Street will be widened, paved and lanes marked on each side for bicycles from just north of High Street to approximately 400 feet south of the intersection, Papp said. Main Street will remain open during construction but may be reduced to one lane at times.
Prospect Street will be widened along 300 feet on each side of the intersection and graded on the east side to flatten out the road, Dennison said. Prospect Street will be closed for a short time and traffic detoured.
Sidewalks will be improved on the west side of Main Street and south side of Prospect Street, he said. Curbs will be added to the streets and updates made to the storm water system, Papp said.
The traffic signal lights will be replaced and crosswalks painted on the pavement at the intersection, Dennison said.
The first step of the project is environmental issues, Dennison said. The open house was one of the requirements.
The next step involves right of way, most of it temporary, to replace aprons for driveways and any grading, Dennison said. Residents can submit comments for 30 days from Jan. 21 and ask the engineering department to contact them if they have concerns. Forms are available at the Municipal Service Building, 115 Executive Parkway, Suite 400, or they can call the engineering department at 330-342-1770.
Once right of way issues are resolved, the construction can begin, Dennison said.
"We hope to get underway for construction this year," Dennison said. "If we start this summer, we can finish this year."
Some residents had concerns about issues outside the project such as sidewalks on Prospect Street continuing from the project to Morse Road. Another resident had similar concerns with Main Street and making improvements in the section south to Owen Brown Street.
Sheridan said the Ohio Department of Transportation determines the limits of the intersection project and allowed the project to extend north above High Street so that intersection could be included.
The focus of the project is on "what is wrong with the intersection and how is it being improved?" Sheridan said.
Dennison said work on South Main Street was completed in sections as funds were obtained. Drivers can see gaps where sidewalks and curbs do not exist, and North Main Street will have gaps in sidewalks and curbs until funding can be obtained, or Council authorizes the work and budgets for it.