Hudson city could seek bids for 2014 projects

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The city is seeking authorization to seek bids on two paving projects. Hudson City Council reviewed the resolutions Feb. 11 and could vote on them Feb. 19.

A Hudson Drive resurfacing project involves asphalt planning, full depth repairs, three layers of paving, loop detectors, handicap ramps and pavement striping along Hudson Drive from Terex Road to Seasons/Norton Road. The berms on the road would not be widened, according to the original proposal.

A majority of Council members agreed to an alternative bid to obtain a cost to widen berms for a bike lane.

City Engineer Thom Sheridan said the larger berm alternative was already designed into the project and contractors could bid on the project with and without the larger berms.

Council member Alex Kelemen didn't want to consider the wider berms. He said Hudson Drive runs parallel to the proposed Veterans Trail, an off-the-road bike and hike trail, and would be "overkill."

Council member Dennis Hanink agreed but supported his decision with the recent Connectivity Plan. He said there were other higher priorities in the plan and money should go to those projects. The widening could cost $345,000 and would not be covered by any federal funds.

Council member William Wooldredge agreed the city should "stick to the [connectivity] plan."

Council President Hal DeSaussure, a bicyclist, said Hudson was too narrow and unsafe. The MetroParks Bike and Hike Trail crosses Hudson Drive near Stow. He said like Stow Road in Hudson, the city needs to consider adding berms when repaving a road.

Council advised Sheridan to seek bids on both proposals.

The Ravenna Street resurfacing project could be on legislation Feb. 19 and includes asphalt planning, full depth repairs, two paving layers, loop detectors and pavement striping along Ravenna Street from Stow Road to Stone Road.

Kelemen said the city should look at widening Ravenna Street.

Sheridan said the park plan was for an off-the-road trail beyond the ditch on Ravenna Street.

In other business, the city manager is seeking authorization to apply, and, if selected, enter into an agreement for funds for the Safe Routes to School projects. The Ohio Department of Transportation approved the School Travel Plan, and Safe Routes Hudson is eligible to apply for both infrastructure projects and non-infrastructure programs.

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