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Medina gets grant for bike path

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Medina City Council’s Finance Committee approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation on Monday to create what will be called the Medina Champion Creek Bicycle Route.

The city was awarded approximately $415,377 in federal funds for this project. The total cost is estimated at $545,222. The city’s share will be $129,845.

Medina’s funds must be allocated and appropriated prior to the bidding process.

Medina will assume responsibility to award bids and manage this project.

The Federal Highway Administration designated ODOT as the agency in Ohio to administer its federal funding programs.

The project will consist of:

  •  Approximately 0.95 miles of 5-foot-wide bike lanes within the existing pavement surface on South Court Street. The bike lanes will extend from Lafayette Road to Sturbridge Drive.
  •  Approximately 0.49 miles of signed, shared roadway along South Court, South Broadway and Grant streets. “There will be pavement markings with a bicycle symbol,” city Engineer Patrick Patton said. “Bikes will share the road.”
  •  Installation of trees, decorative lights, stamped concrete crosswalks, sidewalk and tree lawn repairs on South Court Street, East Smith Road and South Broadway.
  •  Installation of what are called bio-retention cells along East Smith Road. They are to be a buffer between the street and the sewer, Patton said. “It’s a vegetative pit,” he said. “It’s treating the stormwater — the oil, salt and grit from the streets. That water goes directly to the streams. We want to clean it up for the environment.”
  •  Approximately 0.15 miles of an 8-foot-wide concrete, shared-use pathway along South Broadway Street and East Smith Road.

Patton said the bike path won’t take long to build — about two months.

The city also will replace East Smith Road between South Court and South Jefferson streets.

“The roadway project will take a little longer,” Patton said. “It involves completely rebuilding the road and stormwater (sewers).

“The projects overlap each other.”

The bike path and the improvement work on East Smith Road are different projects, he said.

Smith Road will be improved in four different projects over the next few years, Patton said. Along with the work to be done on East Smith Road, a project is underway on West Smith Road near the Medina County Fairgrounds. The third program will start at the end of this year and the fourth in 2020.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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