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Bike lanes along Medina's south side to finish in the fall

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MEDINA — Construction of bike lanes on the city’s south side is expected to begin in April.

Mayor Dennis Hanwell signed a letter of concurrence for the Champion Creek Path and Bike Lanes on Wednesday during a special Board of Control meeting at city hall. This will allow the city, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 3, to perform bicycle and streetscape enhancements along South Court Street, Lafayette Road, South Broadway Street and Grant Street.

Because federal funds will be used for the project, a design consultant completed an environmental study, which provides protection to publicly owned lands such as parks. Roscoe Ewing Trail, which starts at the Champion Creek trail head 406 S. Broadway St., will abut this project.

As a result of the study, several measures to minimize impacts on park land have been incorporated into the project plans.

The letter Hanwell signed completed the federal requirements for the study, which was sent to ODOT, City Engineer Pat Patton said. The Federal Highway Administration has designated ODOT as the agency in Ohio to administer its funding programs.

The city was awarded approximately $287,760 in federal funds for this project, which City Council has approved, Patton said. The total cost is estimated at $359,700 and the city’s share will be around $71,940.

Medina will award bids and manage the project. Construction is anticipated to begin in April and end in September.

All work will be limited to the existing right-of-way and no deep excavation will be necessary to complete the proposed work, he said.

Access to all residences and businesses within the work zone will be maintained at all times, he said, except briefly when concrete pavement for the drive aprons is being installed.

The project will:

  • install approximately 0.95 miles of 6-foot-wide bicycle lanes within the existing paved surface of South Court Street from Lafayette Road to Sturbridge Drive;
  • install approximately 0.08 miles of 8-foot-wide, shared-use concrete pathway along South Broadway from East Smith Road to the Champion Creek trail head. As part of a different project, approximately 0.07 miles of 8-foot-wide, shared-use concrete pathway will be installed along East Smith Road from South Broadway Street to South Court Street later this year. No federal funds will be used for this section of the path;
  • streetscape improvements consisting of trees, decorative lights, stamped concrete crosswalks, sidewalk and tree lawn repairs along South Court Street and South Broadway Street between East Smith Road and Lafayette Road;
  • install approximately 0.49 miles of signage and pavement markings for bike lanes and bike routes along South Court Street (from East Smith Road to Lafayette Road), Lafayette Road (from South Court Street to South Broadway Street), South Broadway Street (from trail head north of Lafayette Road to Grant Street) and Grant Street (from South Court Street to South Broadway Street).

The city sent letters to residents in the area to seek input on the social, environmental and economic impacts of the project, and Patton said Wednesday the city hasn’t received any negative feedback.

“Most were wondering what is going to happen in front of their properties,” he said.

Residents with questions can call Patton at (330) 721-4721 or email ppatton@medinaoh.org.

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



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