The city of Akron is applying for state funding to help pay for nine possible road projects, including the brick pavement reconstruction of Mull Avenue.

Akron City Council’s planning committee on Monday afternoon voted to suspend the rules and place the ordinance authorizing the city to apply for the funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission on the evening’s agenda.

The applications are due by July 6.

City Council unanimously passed the ordinance.

The city applies for the state funding yearly and it is highly competitive with other communities, so city officials said they are not expecting all nine separate applications to be approved. Typically, the funding amounts to 90 percent from the state and a local responsibility of 10 percent, city officials said.

In total, the city is seeking more than $20 million in grants for nine projects which would cost a total of $44.8 million. Last year, the city received $12 million.

The approved projects would not start until at least July of next year.

The potential projects include:

• Downtown Akron Promenade, Phase 2: Reconstruction of South Main Street from Mill Street to state Route 59 to create a “green and complete street” gateway corridor. Seeking $1.25 million of an $11.2 million project.

• East Exchange Street from Arc to Fountain streets: Includes reconstruction with two through lanes in each direction, turn lanes as needed, bike lanes, signals and pedestrian improvements. Seeking $3.85 million of $8.56 million project.

• Mull Avenue improvements: Brick repavement reconstruction from South Hawkins Avenue to Schneider Park Drive. Seeking $2.07 million of $2.42 million project.

• Romig Road reconstruction, Phase 1: Proposed improvements between Kendale Drive and Harlem Road. Seeking $4.42 million of a $5 million project.

• Romig Road reconstruction: Improvements from Central Avenue to Vernon Odom Boulevard. Seeking $6.5 million of an $11.35 million project.

Summit County Council said on Monday it also will seek $250,000 for the project.

Other city projects include a sanitary sewer reconstruction, a bridge deck replacement on Stuber Street, culvert replacement on Waterloo Road and water main replacement program.

During a public hearing at the council’s planning committee meeting Monday afternoon, Ward 4 Councilman Russ Neal asked for clarification about the Mull Avenue project, making sure that the brick on the road would be replaced instead of paved over. Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith also said she was “delighted that Mull Avenue is being done.”

Keith also asked whether any of the repaving funds from the city for these projects would take away from the recently passed Issue 4, which promised repaving of roads throughout Akron.

Planning Director Jason Segedy said these projects are separate from Issue 4 projects.

Staff writer Jim Mackinnon contributed to this report. Staff writer Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or Follow her @blinfisherABJ on Twitter or and see all her stories at