Macedonia City Council last night agreed to try to repave and install a sidewalk on South Bedford Road before students return to Nordonia High School at the end of next summer.

Council unanimously authorized the administration to seek bids to repave South Bedford from Highland Road to about 600 feet south of Bedford Court, the small dead-end street at South Bedfords north end by Route 82.

City Engineer Nick Fini said legislation to seek separate bids to install a sidewalk on the roads west side is expected to be on Councils Feb. 28 agenda.

Mayor Don Kuchta said he hopes the work can be done this summer, after school lets out and construction of a bridge over the Highland Road railroad tracks west of Valley View Road is completed.

The road repaving is estimated to cost $256,000, while Finis rough estimate for the side walk is $50,000 or more. The money is expected to come from this years capital improvement budget, which Council expects to finalize by the end of March.

Council President Ken Martin said he feels the road paving should be done this year, and Kuchta said he is hoping that the sidewalk will help relieve traffic at Nordonia High School, which is just north of Highland Road on South Bedford Road, by giving students the opportunity to more safely walk or bike to school.

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