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Tallmadge plans public meeting on proposed North Avenue improvements for Jan. 29

Published: February 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Tallmadge plans public meeting on

proposed North Avenue improvements

for Jan. 29

Representatives from the city of Tallmadge, Ohio Department of Transportation and URS Corp. will discuss planned improvements to North Avenue at a public meeting scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29 in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The city proposes to construct roadway and drainage improvements in the North Avenue area to better accommodate traffic. The proposed work will include the reconstruction of approximately 0.75 miles of North Avenue from the Tallmadge Circle to just north of Garwood Drive; the reconstruction and upgraded signalization of the Overdale Drive intersection with North Avenue including new curbs, sidewalks, on-street bike lanes, streetscaping, lighting and new signing and pavement markings. The proposed drainage improvements are designed to alleviate the flooding problems along the roadway and the routine flooding of the sidewalks, thus allowing pedestrians to use the sidewalks safely. The city will manage construction operations.

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The estimated project construction cost is $5,890,000 of which 80 percent is being provided by AMATS funds. Much of the proposed project will be constructed within the existing right-of-way; however, some permanent and temporary rights of way will be required along this North Avenue corridor. The proposed project will not result in substantial impacts to environmental resources.

During construction, temporary lane closures will be required, but access will be maintained to all residences and establishments. A detour of southbound traffic only along Route 91 is proposed for a portion of the anticipated 16 month construction period. The proposed detour route will be from Route 91, then east to Howe Road, to Northeast Avenue then to the Tallmadge Circle.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2015.

The purpose of this public meeting is to present and discuss the proposed improvements with the general public, residents, business and property owners and public officials and to solicit public comments regarding the proposed improvements and its social, economic and environmental impacts. No formal presentation will be made during this open house public involvement meeting.

Representatives from the city, ODOT and URS Corp. will discuss the proposed project, environmental considerations as well as address any questions and concerns anyone may have regarding this transportation improvement. Written comments may also be submitted by March 1 to: Mr. Bryan Esler, Director of Public Service, City of Tallmadge, 330-633-0854 or besler@tallmadge-ohio.org.

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