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Although road funds increased, some road and storm water projects will be delayed

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: October 2, 2016 12:00 AM
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Hudson -- Middleton Road residents will have several projects on their street in the future.

During the five-year budget talks Sept. 27, funds for road improvements were increased from $1 million to $1.1 million. Some of the funds came from scheduled work on Middleton Road.

"Middleton Road resurfacing was a separate project," said Finance Director Jeff Knoblauch. "It was moved into the resurfacing program. That freed up $410,000, and it was moved into the $1.1 million."

City Engineer Thom Sheridan said Middleton Road was eligible for the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study resurfacing program, and he would apply for the project.

Before the road can be paved, two other entities must finish their work on Middleton Road.

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Summit County Sewer District will work on the north side of Middleton Road on sewer repairs which will take six to eight months. Then the city of Akron will be working on the water line on the south side of the road, Sheridan said.

"After both projects are done, [Hudson] we'll do paving," he said.

In addition some road and stormwater projects were moved to future years to prevent the carryover in the general fund ratio of ending balance to disbursements from going below 25 percent in 2018 and 2019.

Three additional projects, city-wide traffic signal recounting and modeling; Barlow Road/Young roads intersection design; and Stow and Ravenna roads intersection study were moved from 2018 to 2019 and 2020.

Several stormwater projects also were moved, including the Norfolk/Southern Railroad culvert from 2018 to 2020, with estimated costs of $640,000.

Tinker's Creek watershed study ($150,000); Nottingham Gate outlet pipe replacement ($150,000); Barlow Community Center pond dam improvements ($300,000); and Division Street west storm sewer improvements ($200,000) were moved from 2019 to 2020 and 2021.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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