TWINSBURG — The city will submit applications for state and federal funds for three infrastructure improvement projects.
In other action June 11, Council authorized city officials to accept an energized community grant from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.
Officials hope to replace a water line on Dooridge Drive, with the estimated cost being $1.65 million. The city will apply for a zero percent interest, 30-year Ohio Public Works Commission loan for half of the estimated cost.
According to City Engineer Amy Mohr, Dooridge Drive is in Glenwood Acres and is part of the city’s capital improvements program to replace aging transit water lines with ductile iron.
Applications also will be submitted for federal Surface Transportation Block Grant and/or Congested Management Air Quality funds through the Akron Metropolitan Transportation Study for two proposed projects.
One project would add turn lanes on Darrow Road from Ravenna Road to the Tinker’s Creek Plaza, which is estimated to cost $1.89 million. The city would be committed to a 20 percent match, or $473,000.
Mohr said the city sought federal funding for the project in 2015, but was turned down. She said turn lanes would enhance traffic flow to Wilcox Elementary School and the plaza.
The other project would improve traffic flow at the Richmond-Broadway-Shepard-Ravenna roads intersection. The project is estimated to cost $1.77 million, with the city committed to 20 percent, or about $355,200, for its portion.
In addition to Twinsburg, the overall project spans Glenwillow, Oakwood Village and Macedonia. Phase 1 in Cuyahoga County was completed a few years ago with OPWC funding.
Phase 2 would involve widening Richmond Road to separate the through/left turn lane into through and exclusive left turn lanes, while Shepard Road would mirror Richmond. Right turn lanes would be added on Broadway and Ravenna.
Meanwhile, the NOPEC energized community grant will be for $42,000, and Mayor Ted Yates said it could be used to install several electric vehicle charging stations around town.
The proposed locations may include the Twinsburg Recreation Center, RTA’s Creekside bus stop and/or on Church Street. Officials aren’t sure yet whether the grant will cover the entire cost of the installations.
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.