The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to spend $77 million to improve a 6-mile stretch of state Route 8 through Stow, Hudson and Boston Heights.

“If you drive on Route 8, you know that section of payment is not in great shape, so something must be done,” ODOT spokesman Justin Chesnic said last week.

The plan is to replace the pavement, repair bridges and improve drainage between Graham Road and state Route 303.

There’s no timetable to start the work.

The state agency will host a public hearing from 5 to 7 p.m. June 11 at the Summit County garage at 6155 Chittenden Road in Boston Heights to discuss the project and accept feedback.

Construction would begin whenever funding is available, Chesnic said, adding that the project is still being designed.

Several years ago, ODOT spent $262 million to transform Route 8 from Akron to Macedonia into a nonstop highway. That work included grinding down the concrete pavement in question.

But that pavement now needs to be replaced, Chesnic said. The agency hasn’t decided whether it will be replaced with concrete or asphalt.

Other work includes drainage, widening the bridge over Hudson Drive, lengthening on and off ramps and minor repairs to eight more bridges.

That stretch of highway crosses a wetlands area.

“There are some flooding and drainage issues,” Chesnic said.

Work will force several closures at various points in the project.

•?The Graham Road entrance ramp onto Route 8 northbound would be shut down for 60 to 90 days.

•?Hudson Drive under Route 8 would be closed for 30 to 45 days.

•?The entrance ramp from Route 303 to Route 8 northbound will be reconfigured and closed for about 90 days.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.