A planning organization covering Summit and Portage counties has approved $26 million in federal funding for road construction and related projects, from resurfacing and roundabouts to bike lanes, trails and pedestrian sidewalks.
The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study met for the first time this year on Thursday to cap off a five-month process of selecting 22 construction projects from a stack of 119 applications, each proposal sponsored by local municipalities.
Topping the list is a $3.8 million “complete street” makeover of Exchange Street between Broadway Avenue and Fountain Street, spanning the length of the University of Akron. The overhaul project will include new bike lanes and pedestrian access to accommodate for heavy foot traffic.
Six similar projects, touching what AMATS considers “vital roadways,” include: the $2.7 million reconstruction of the uneven, heavily travelled shopping strip along Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, about $3.3 million for improvements to three portions of state Route 91 in Hudson, $2.65 million to widen state Route 14 east of state Route 303 heading out of Streetsboro and a $4.1 million roundabout and lane adjustment project in Green at the intersection of Corporate Woods Circle and Massillon Road of Interstate 77.
A total of $13.9 was allocated for seven of the 56 requests to fund resurfacing projects. Approved projects include two sections of Center Road in New Franklin (each starting east or west from Eastview Drive), portions of 2nd Street and Massillon Road in Barberton, $700,000 for the first phase of a West Steels Corners Road resurfacing project in Cuyahoga Falls, Medina Line Road between State Route 18 and Granger Road and Portage Lakes Drive between State Route 93 and Cormany Road.
Another $5.6 million from the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program aims to keep traffic moving through new roundabouts in Fairlawn and Green. Remaining funds will be used to purchase more eco-friendly natural-gas powered buses for the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority.
AMATS also allocated $2.4 million for five bike and pedestrian trails throughout Summit and Portage counties, among them $700,000 for the Brady’s Leap segment of the Portage Hike and Bike Trail in Kent.
A full list of accepted and rejected projects can be found at amatsplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/Project-Tables.pdf