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North Royalton will widen, resurface parts of Ohio 82

September 17, 2018

North Royalton will widen, resurface parts of Ohio 82

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – Orange barrels may line the entire length of Ohio 82 in North Royalton next year, due to two scheduled road projects.

The first is a widening of 82 between West 130th Street and York Road, a distance of about 1.5 miles. Workers will add a center-turning lane to the two-lane road so that drivers waiting to turn left will no longer stop and delay through traffic.

The second project is a resurfacing of 82 between York and the east city line, a distance of about 2.6 miles. This section of 82 needs resurfacing, according to city Engineer Mark Schmitzer.

Tom Jordan, the city’s director of community development, said the 82 widening may start later this year and extend into 2019. A revised schedule is due in about two weeks or so.

“There will be a public meeting in the near future about the schedule and what people can expect during construction,” Jordan told cleveland.com.

Schmitzer said the planned resurfacing is scheduled to begin in May 2019. The resurfacing may overlap with the road widening to the west.

Ohio 82 widening

DiGioia-Suburban Excavating LLC in North Royalton won the contract to widen 82 between West 130th and York after submitting a low bid of $14.7 million, according to Schmitzer.

Two years ago, the project estimate was $12.3 million.

Federal money, administered through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, will pay for about 72 percent of the costs, or $10.6 million, according to Schmitzer.

The city and Cuyahoga County, which is managing the road-widening project, will “generally” split the remaining $4 million in costs, Schmitzer said, although the city will pay for 100 percent of some line items that weren’t eligible for federal funds.

Originally, construction was supposed to start in 2017. However, preliminary engineering and environmental checking took longer than expected.

The project was then moved to early 2018. However, the first round of bids exceeded the engineer’s estimate, so the bids were thrown out and the project was rebid, according to Jordan.

Preparatory work has already started, though. Jordan said workers have planted new utility poles, farther back from the road than the previous poles, and have been installing new natural gas lines.

“For the most part, people have seen the utility work go on for most of the year,” Jordan said.

In addition to the center turning lane, improvements to 82 will include:

Widening intersections so that trucks, which now have trouble turning onto 82, can do so without drifting left of center.

Replacement or improvement of traffic lights. Timing will be adjusted to keep cars moving. “There will be some newer technologies requested by the Police Department for better flow of traffic along the corridor,” Schmitzer said. “All the lights, poles, walk signals and signs will be new.”

Construction of sidewalks, where none exist now, on both sides of the street.

Covering roadside drainage ditchers on both sides of the street to create storm sewers.

Inspection, improvement or replacement of four culverts that run under 82. Flooding has occurred at these culverts, and workers will make sure they are clean and not crumbling.

Construction of a new storm water detention basin at Abbey Road.

Schmitzer said an inspection of existing sanitary sewers didn’t show a need to replace the pipes. Workers will clean the sewers and make minor repairs as needed during the road widening.

Also, it hasn’t been decided whether to replace the entire water-line system or replace line sections as needed, Schmitzer said.

Future phases of the 82 widening might include York To Ridge Road, then Ridge to North Royalton’s eastern border. However, Schmitzer said he’s not aware of any funding or scheduling set for those phases.

“Nothing has been defined as a definite,” Schmitzer said.

Ohio 82 resurfacing

Last week, City Council accepted a federal grant that will pay for 80 percent of the 82 resurfacing between York and the eastern city border. The estimated cost of the project is $1.2 million.

The city will pay the remaining 20 percent, or about $234,000.

Schmitzer said the Ohio Department of Transportation is managing the resurfacing. The agency is scheduled to solicit bids for construction in January or February.

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