Work on Boston Heights tunnel project to run through 2015

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Boston Heights -- Visitors to Summit Metro Parks bike and hike trail in Boston Heights will be treated to a bit more than the typical flora, fauna and woodland creatures along the popular nature trail.

Construction crews will work through 2015 to replace a deteriorated bridge with a tunnel along the Akron-Cleveland Road portion on the trail, according to Boston Heights Mayor Bill Goncy.

"The present bridge has been failing since the 1990s and replacement has been sought since then," according to Goncy. "Plywood was placed several years ago to prevent concrete chunks from falling on riders."

The project, which will have a total cost of just under $3 million dollars, began earlier this month and will be completed in 2015, Goncy said. Work on the project will be done by Shelly & Sands Inc., he said. The village was awarded a $1.7 million federal grant for the project.

While the work is being done, one lane of traffic will be maintained each way on Akron-Cleveland Road. Two lanes will remain closed.

"Federal and local, both village and Metro Park, monies are being utilized for this project, Goncy said. "The village knew of the need and sought federal funding for replacement including help from former Congressman [Steve] LaTourette to accumulate the necessary funding for the project."

A temporary bike and hike trail has been put into place for use during the work, with traffic lights, Goncy said.

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

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