CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Residents will get a preview of proposed changes to come when City Council's public and industrial improvements committee meets on March 20 and discusses legislation to hire contractors for the Downtown Transformation design-build project.

If approved, the ordinance would authorize the city's director of public service to enter into a contract or contracts to reopen the downtown pedestrian mall to vehicular traffic, convert North Front Street, North Second Street and Oakwood Drive to a two-way operation and reconfigure the state Route 8 interchange.

The measure would also authorize the finance director to increase appropriations by $9.9 million with approximately $7.6 million coming from the Capital Projects Fund; $1.9 million from the Electric Fund; $289,000 from the Sewage and Disposal Fund; and $156,000 from the Water Fund.

Other improvements planned as part of the project, according to a bound overview of the project provided to members of Council and the media, include bike lanes and on-street parking on Second Street throughout downtown and north of Oakwood Drive, off-peak on-street parking on the north side of Portage Trail and removal of continuous right-turn movements from Broad Boulevard to Second Street and on Second Street to Oakwood Drive.

Council will meet March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

See the March 19 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.

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