The Greater Akron area will receive nearly $34 million in federal funds for 37 new highway, bike and pedestrian projects being planned by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS.)

Topping the list is a $5.5 million grant for reconstruction of Barberton’s Wooster Road West between Hudson Run Road and Second Street; a $3.6 million grant for the widening of Cuyahoga Falls’ Portage Trail Extension between Albertson Parkway and State Road Center, and $3.5 million toward a citywide signal improvement project in Aurora.

The projects were approved by AMATS at its first Policy Committee meeting of the year Thursday.

AMATS Coordinator Dave Pulay said the projects represent wise investments in the region’s infrastructure in the face of diminishing funding resources.

“The lion’s share of these projects maintain our current system, which we believe is a more fiscally responsible course for the region rather than costly expansions,” Pulay said, “although there are a number of new exciting projects in this latest round of funding.”

More than half of the federal funds will go toward seven projects. In addition to the Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls and Aurora efforts, those receiving the most federal help are:

• Barberton: $1.9 million toward pavement replacement, curbs and sidewalks at the Wooster Road/State Street intersection.

• Fairlawn: $476,000 for widening of Cleveland-Massillon Road, from Interstate 77 to Medina Road, and construction of a roundabout at the Rothrock Road intersection.

• Norton: $2 million toward the Cleveland-Massillon Road road project (new lanes, signals and sidewalks) from Weber Road to Shannon Avenue.

• Streetsboro: $859,000 for the widening of state Route 43 from Market Square Drive to Frost Road Center and new sidewalks.

About $13.1 million of the earmarked federal funds will go toward 25 resurfacing projects in AMATS’ region, which includes Summit, Portage and part of Wayne County.

The Summit County Engineer is sponsoring eight of those projects, the largest of which is the resurfacing of Cleveland-Massillon Road in Copley Township ($1.4 million.)

Meanwhile, Akron will receive $2.1 million for three resurfacing projects, Barberton will get $1.2 million for three projects, and New Franklin will receive $1.2 million for two projects.

Finally, the area’s trail and sidewalk networks will continue to grow with nearly $2.6 million coming in from the federal Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Program.

• The Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Pedestrian Bridge and Trail will receive $700,000.

• The Summit Metro Parks’ Freedom Trail will receive $700,000.

• A project to construct new sidewalks along a portion of Darrow Road in Stow will also receive more than $590,000.

Paula Schleis can be reached at 330-996-3741 or pschleis@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/paulaschleis.