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City and Council focus on connectivity plan for sidewalks

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: April 16, 2017 12:06 AM
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Hudson -- Council members want to follow the Connectivity Plan for sidewalks which are budgeted at $100,000 per year.

City Engineer and Assistant City Manager Thomas Sheridan reviewed the top five projects and an optional project on Ravenna Street at the April 11 Council workshop.

A connectivity plan for trail and sidewalks was proposed in 2013 to prevent "sidewalks to nowhere."

The city, parks and Safe Routes Hudson worked together for a connectivity plan that showed finished and proposed trails and sidewalks in the city. Sheridan said the initial map would need updating with finished trails and changes to some sidewalks and trails.

"The connectivity plan started from scrap," Sheridan said. "We're revising it. Connectivity should connect first and then extend."

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A resident asked for a crosswalk from his home across Ravenna Street to the sidewalk on the south side for his sight-impaired son, Sheridan said.

"I've never gotten a request like this so I wanted to get everyone's input," Sheridan said. "We never do a crosswalk to a resident's property. It's done where there is a lot of pedestrian movement."

A crosswalk could be placed across Ravenna Street from the sidewalk on the south side to the trail leading to the Barlow Community Center which does have a lot of foot traffic, he said.

Another proposal was a sidewalk on the north side of Ravenna Street, but it is not on the connectivity plan and Council members were against it.

The road already has a sidewalk on one side," said Council member Alex Kelemen. "If you're taking money out of the connectivity plan, you open it up for people asking for sidewalks. That's why we did the connectivity plan. There are plenty of people in town who could ask for a sidewalk."

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The sidewalk ends at the family's house, said Council member Dan Williams. It just stops there. Another sidewalk to nowhere.

"We did a connectivity plan for this reason instead of doing everything by the squeaking wheel," said Council member Dennis Hanink.

Council needs to keep following the connectivity plan, Williams said.

The sidewalks with a high priority under consideration include:

A sidewalk on Middleton Road from Winterberry Drive east to an existing sidewalk. The 2,273 linear feet would cost $272,703.

Sheridan said because the sidewalk was near Ellsworth Hill Elementary school, the project would be eligible for Ohio Department of Transportation Safe Route safety plan with an 80/20 split for some segments. The Safe Route travel plan would need to be updated and chances of receiving funding are less than it was five years ago, he said.

Summit County will finish the sanitary sewer work on Middleton Road in September, and Akron is planning to do the water line in the winter time, Sheridan said. Middleton Road would be paved in 2018 and sidewalk work could be done at the same time.

A sidewalk on East Streetsboro Street from North Hayden Parkway to Stow Road. The 3,622 linear feet would cost $434,669.

A sidewalk on Boston Mills Road from existing sidewalks west to Prescott Drive for $190,000. The project is eligible for AMATS 80/20 split funding but difficult to receive.

A sidewalk on West Streetsboro Street from West Case Drive west to existing sidewalk. The project is 1,297 linear feet for $155,632 and is eligible for AMATS 80/20 split funding.

A sidewalk on Darrow Road from Faymont Drive north to an existing sidewalk. The project is 1,439 linear feet for $172,655 and is eligible for AMATS 80/20 split funding.

Sheridan said he asked to meet with ODOT in May and would know mid-year whether they received any funding.

The sidewalk on Darrow Road is a good segment for connectivity, but Sheridan asked Council to wait on construction because work is planned to add center turn lanes from Barlow Road to Veterans Way with curbs and sidewalks. The overall project would be $8 million and construction with AMATS funding wouldn't begin until 2023 or 2024.


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