The best thing about the $605,340 Guilford Boulevard bridge replacement project, Medina Engineer Patrick Patton said, is that the city isn’t on the hook to pay for most of it.
Ninety-five percent of it will be paid for with grant money, Patton said.
He said the city will get through the winter with a temporary patch on the sidewalk over the culvert, so that it’s safe to travel.
The project is expected to start in July.
“We have to wait for the grant approval and funds,” Patton said.
“That one (grant approval) should be real quick. I wouldn’t anticipate more than a 30-day closure for that. That will have a big impact on the area.”
Ideally, Patton said the city would start the project as soon as school lets out. However, the start date is tied directly to when the money is available.
“The state grant is tied to the state fiscal year, which is July 1,” he said.
The bridge goes over Champion Creek and is near Roscoe Ewing Park.
In other news involving city road projects:
- The $2.46 million Lake Road renovation project is complete between West Smith and Lafayette roads. The city worked on it for more than six months. Patton said the road re-opened at the beginning of the month.
- Patton said West Smith Road and North Huntington Street renovations will start in the spring. He said the city will bid out the Huntington project soon.
- City council’s finance committee approved spending $12,613 to refurbish an access road to the maintenance building at Spring Grove Cemetery. The access road runs off East Washington Street.
- Patton said a U.S. Route 42/North Court Street widening project, slated to begin next summer, will cost more than $35 million. Patton said the city’s portion will be a little more than $2 million. The widening project will stretch from Fenn Road in Medina Township to Harding Street in the city.
Council President John Coyne said the city would like to have center islands as part of the widening project.