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Tallmadge service director: Traffic could be restored in both directions on North Avenue by winter

By ellin walsh | REPORTER Published: September 18, 2016 12:00 AM
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Tallmadge -- Service Director Bryan Esler says he expects the $4.5 million North Avenue reconstruction project "to be nearly finished by the time the snow flies," anticipating traffic to be restored in both directions.

"If we have a good October/November weather-wise I think they'll have the asphalt completed," Mayor Dave Kline says.

Finishing touches like landscaping and lighting will proceed in the spring, he adds.

Esler says the North Avenue improvements, about .75 miles from Tallmadge Circle to just north of Heritage Drive, will include the installation of a new storm sewer system, as well as new sidewalks, curbs, lighting, signage and roadway surface.

The city awarded the project to Liberta Construction Co. Inc. of Akron for more than $4.5 million. Eighty percent will be funded with state dollars, with the city paying the remaining 20 percent.

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Liberta has encountered some project delays due to the replacement of natural gas lines and the relocation of electrical lines, the service director reports.

"They have been working hard just to stay on schedule even though the utilities have been in the way," Esler says.

"They seem to be on track, and I'm pretty happy about it," Kline says.

Northbound traffic from Tallmadge Circle is being maintained during construction. The road remains open to northbound traffic, but traffic has been switched over from the east side of the road to the newly paved west side.

Partial pavement has been installed on the west side of North Avenue, Esler reported at press time. Sidewalks and driveway approaches were being installed on the west side of the roadway last week.

The catalyst for the project was "storm-water related," according to Esler. The storm sewer system as it exists presently isn't sufficient, he says, and the fact that the sidewalks are lower than the existing road compounds the problem. The situation has persisted for years, Esler reports.

The North Avenue reconstruction project should improve traffic flow by adding turn lanes where warranted, remove turning traffic from the through-traffic flow and improve the drainage system, he says.

Email: ewalsh@recordpub.com.

Phone: 330-541-9419

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