September 2, 2014

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Brunswick council looking to smooth scarred Boston Road

Brunswick maintains the south side of Boston Road, which is severely degraded. Strongsville maintains the north side of the roadway. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Brunswick maintains the south side of Boston Road, which is severely degraded. Strongsville maintains the north side of the roadway. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

BRUNSWICK — City Council has taken the first steps toward green-lighting a repaving project on Boston Road slated to start as early as this fall.

Council voted unanimously on Monday to set aside $578,890 for the resurfacing of Boston Road.

The money was moved from a savings fund set aside in 2012-13 that has about $2.5 million in it, Finance Director Todd Fischer said. A little more than $1 million was set aside in each of the two previous years.

“We’ve been trying for the last several years to set aside money for this project,” Fischer said.

The city maintains the south side of the road, which is severely degraded. Strongsville maintains the north side of the roadway.

Monday’s action only moved the money from a savings fund into the general fund. The city will go out for bids on July 1, and when the bids come in the city will have to accept a bid in late July and formally appropriate the money. City Engineer Ryan Cummins said the project could get underway as early as August or September.

He said the proposed project would remove 2¼ inches of the current roadway and repave it from just west of West 130th Street to the line with Brunswick Hills Township in the 3800 block of Boston Road.

The city hopes to use other savings money to do repairs to North Carpenter Road. Councilman Brian Ousley, At Large, said it took planning and tough decisions to save up enough money for the roadway repairs.

“It wasn’t easy,” Ousley said. “We’ve been saving a long time to do this work.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on twitter @lorengenson.