The construction season is in full swing, and our paving projects are well underway. We were proud to realize additional savings this year which means that we are able to address more roads proactively.

This year, our contracted street paving program consists of 22.2 lane miles, 3.2 lane miles in our downtown, and 4.4 lane miles performed by our Street Department. In addition, we are grateful that the ODOT District 4 will be paving more than 20 miles on Route 8. Collectively, this paving effort will amount to having more than 50 lane miles of resurfacing right here in our city this year. Additionally, from January through May, 8,800 potholes have been filled throughout the city.

If you have driven downtown, you have noticed the progress that is being made as we work to open the former Front Street Pedestrian Mall to vehicular traffic. The north end of the pedestrian mall has been removed, and infrastructure improvements are currently being made. Demolition of the south end of the mall has begun and extends just beyond the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. The remainder will be removed at the end of July once the Falls Downtown Fridays and festivals have ended. Please note that all of the businesses remain open and walkways have been provided to make them accessible, and all of the parking decks are also open. To view the progress on Front Street, please visit our live webcam feedat http://www.cityofcf.com/downtown-transformation.

Additionally, the Water Department has initiated the hydrant flushing program for this year. Maps of the flushing zones can be accessed on the city's website. Also, yard waste carts are still available. To get a yard cart, please visit our Utility Billing Department with a $25 deposit to sign up to receive your cart.

Construction season can be incredibly frustrating for drivers, however, on behalf of Mayor Don Walters, I want to take the opportunity now to thank all of the residents for your patience as these important projects are constructed.