MACEDONIA — Motorists should have easier access to and from the Crossings at Golden Link retail center by sometime in 2018.
City Engineer Joe Gigliotti said Nov. 1 the Ohio Department of Transportation has issued a permit to go forward with construction of a curb cut off Route 8 into the shopping center.
The project is estimated to cost $509,000 and will be funded by assessing property owners in the shopping center. No city or state funds will be used.
"The city has concurrence from seven of 12 property owners so far," Gigliotti said. "We’re working to obtain concurrence from all of them."
Gigliotti said the access drive will be placed between Chipotle Mexican Grill and the Great Escape, about 770 feet south of Route 82.
Because Route 8 is a divided highway there, the drive would be "right in and right out" only. Southbound motorists will be able to turn right into the center and right onto Route 8 southbound as they exit.
Mayor Joseph Migliorini said the city had talked about a curb cut off Route 8 when the shopping center was first developed, but "politics closed the door on that." The center opened in 2004.
The mayor noted traffic studies indicate about 45,000 cars a day pass through the Routes 8 and 82 intersection and about 10,000 cars enter the Crossings at Golden Link.
"The businesses have put some pressure on the city in recent years to proceed with the curb cut," Migliorini said. "The project will allow for some additional signage, and it will be a big benefit to the businesses.
"It also will open up the opportunity to build on a couple of vacant parcels adjacent to the access drive. There is talk of possibly putting at least one upscale restaurant there.
"I thought the curb cut was the right thing to do when the plaza was first developed, and I think it’s the right thing to do now. I’m excited that it finally will be done."
Migliorini said the city likely will hire a contractor to handle construction, and he hopes the project will be completed by mid-summer of 2018.
ODOT’s permit allows a limited access fence to be removed at the access point. Stormwater dainage pipes and appurtenances would be installed and an approach / deceleration lane would be constructed according to ODOT specifications.
The access point will have a pavement width of 25 feet and a right-of-way width of 50 feet. The pavement will slope away from Route 8 and be constructed so that no surface water can drain onto the highway.
The center contains about 500,000 square feet of retail space. Among some of the major businesses there, are Giant Eagle, Target, Lowe’s, Golden Corral and First Merit Bank.
Gigliotti reports that work on the Sioux Lane culvert replacement has been underway in recent weeks, and it is anticipated the road will reopen in late November.
Gigliotti said this year’s paving program is complete. Streets paved were Barkdale Lane; Macedonia Commons Boulevard; Laurel, Roseland, Skyland, South Skyland and Waters drives; and Summer Road.
He noted construction of a new noise wall along I-271 is complete. It was paid for by the Ohio Department of Transportation, and is a followup to last year’s I-271 widening. It will provide protection for residents along Summer Road.
Construction of Phase II of the Spruce Hill subdivision has begun, and new home construction is expected to begin in 2018.
The road has been completed for Phase I of the three-phase North Woods subdivision. The first homes will be constructed in spring 2018, and 84 new homes are planned in the entire subdivision.
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