July 25, 2016

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Medina OK’s $1.1M in funding for record-setting road project

MEDINA — City Council on Monday approved spending $1.1 million as its share of the major road renovation in the North Court Street and Pearl Road retail district.

The $47 million project is the largest in Medina city history.

Plans for the 1.5-mile-long project call for widening North Court Street (U.S. Route 42) to four lanes from Harding Street north to the city limits at Hillview Way and Ledgewood Drive.

In Medina Township, the roadway will be widened to five lanes to the intersection at Fenn Road, which would see safety improvements.

The reconstructed roadway will feature a raised median and improved traffic signals and intersection improvements.

The project also will feature a 10-foot-wide multipurpose bike and jogging path on the west side of the road.

The project has been in development for almost 10 years.

Leslie Farley, planning engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said the project is the first extensive improvement to the Pearl Road portion of Route 42 since it was constructed.

“We haven’t done a major pavement replacement,” she said. “There have only been spot improvements.”

City Engineer Patrick Patton said the retail corridor has too many cars traveling through it.

“The improvements will allow more traffic volume to travel safely through the corridor,” he said.

The rest of the money for the project will come from the sale of bonds backed by Ohio Turnpike revenues, a plan proposed by Gov. John Kasich. Kasich said the bond sale will improve Ohio’s highways and eliminate Ohio’s highway budget deficit without a tax increase and will create 30,000 jobs.

A total of 27 transportation projects in Northern Ohio totaling $1.2 billion have been announced for the next two years.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @adavisreports.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.