Starting this winter, construction crews will embark on a two-year, $9.1 million project to by 10 feet from Graham to Quick Road.
The project will create two five-foot bike lanes on State, sidewalks on each side of the road, four new right-turn lanes and extended turn lanes, said Tony Demasi.
Right turn lanes will be installed at:
- Bath Road heading northbound on State Road
- Steels Corners Road heading northbound on State Road
- State Road heading westbound on Steels Corners Road
- State Road heading eastbound on Steels Corners Road
In addition, the timing of traffic lights will be synced to better circulate the flow of traffic.
He also has spent the last several months striking deals with property owners that will be affected by the widening. 82 settled with the city; land from the remaining nine owners will be acquired through eminent domain hearings, which are already underway in Summit County Probate Court.
ODOT will pay for roughly 65 percent of construction costs with the remaining $3.1 million coming out of the city’s coffers.
ODOT will potentially find a contractor for the job by October and will manage all of the construction.
Demasi predicts the project will be complete by the end of 2014 and said northbound and southbound traffic will remain open along State Road during construction.
Once complete, the widening will be key to Portage Crossing as the flow of traffic is expected to increase in conjunction with the much anticipated development.
“It’s a long time coming, we’re excited about it and we look forward to getting it done,” said Demasi.