TALLMADGE — The city has applied for funding through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study to widen East Avenue. Tallmadge is seeking a Surface Transportation Block Grant to offset the costs of the desired improvements.
Mayor David G. Kline said phase one of the project, which is anticipated for a 2023 start, would include a 1.2-mile stretch of East Avenue from the Tallmadge Recreation Center to the Brimfield line. "This project is the city of Tallmadge's #1 priority for this round of STBG applications," according to Service Director Michael Rorar. He said the city may hear in February 2018 if its application is successful.
The proposed improvements include widening East Avenue to include a center two-way left turn lane throughout the entire corridor; the construction of sidewalks on the north and south sides of East Avenue; and the construction of a single lane roundabout at the East Avenue /Washburn Road. The cost of phase one would be $10 million, with the city’s share of that totaling about $1.4 million.
Tallmadge officials say the project is necessary from both a capacity and safety perspective. "The East Avenue corridor between the Tallmadge Recreation Center and Parliament Drive carries a large volume of traffic for a two-lane roadway and a significant amount of development is anticipated along the corridor in the coming years," city officials say in the grant application. They add, "The Maplecrest Golf Course in Brimfield Township is being converted into retail in the next year and two major housing developments are planned along East Avenue as well."
Rorar says the city intends to apply for federal funding sources for the project to reduce the city's share of expenses. Tallmadge officials plan to apply for safety funds through the Ohio Department of Transportation in spring 2018.
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