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  • Plans For Taylor Road Construction Set

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    Let's be real...the roads in Cleveland Heights could be in better shape. Our friends at The Cleveland Heights Patch are here to discuss the plans that have been set to improve the roads on Taylor Road. Michelle Simakis of The Patch discusses further.

    Construction on Taylor Road will now begin in April 2012, nearly a year after it was originally scheduled.

    Ohio Department of Transportation and Cleveland Heights officials provided details about the project and answered questions from a crowd of about 40 residents at a public meeting Thursday night in City Hall.

    City Manager Robert Downey spoke about the history of the plan, which began in 2002. The city envisioned grass medians, benches and specialized lighting in its initial proposal, he said, but officials had to revise it when no one would help pay for the more than $7 million project.

    Taylor Road is not a city street, so money to repair it comes from the federal, state and county governments. The city only has $1.5 million a year to repair all roads in the city, and couldn’t afford to pay for renovations on its own.

    Engineers from Wade Trim redesigned the plans to bring the price down to $5 million, but the construction company hired for the job, Perk, said it could complete the work for $3.6 million. The federal government will foot 80 percent of the bill, and the rest is paid for by several entities, Councilwoman Bonnie Caplan said, including the state and county governments. The road should have the typical 20-year lifespan.

    The city paid for the engineering plans but will not need to contribute to the construction costs, Caplan said.

    Taylor from Euclid Heights Boulevard to Bayreuth Road will be resurfaced, broken curbs will be repaired and drains will get an upgrade. The road will also be narrowed from seven lanes to five from Euclid Heights to Mayfield Road. The extra space will be allocated to the east side, where Severance Town Center sits.

    The traffic light at the Severance Town Center service road between Mayfield and Euclid Heights will also be removed. Forty driveway aprons will be replaced and ramps will be modified to meet ADA requirements.

    There will be at least one southbound and one northbound lane open during all phases of the constrution, and the work will start at 7 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Delays could require weekend work, but ODOT does not forsee that.

    Read more at The Cleveland Heights Patch

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