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City of Akron Announces 2022 Goodyear Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project


Public comments requested by May 3, 2021

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Press Office
Published: 03-31-2021

Akron, Ohio, March 31, 2021 — The City of Akron is proposing to replace the Goodyear Boulevard Bridge over the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad. The existing 68-foot long steel beam bridge, built in 1970, will be replaced with a 48-foot long pre-cast concrete arch. The pre-cast concrete arch minimizes construction time and provides a long-lasting, low maintenance alternate to traditional steel beam bridges. The roadway width will not be changed and there will be 5-foot wide sidewalks on each side of the new bridge.

The proposed project will be constructed primarily within the existing roadway limits. However, to allow access room for construction personnel and equipment, minor amounts of temporary right-of-way will be needed from adjacent property owners during construction. If right-of-way is required from your property, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment to discuss the project and its effect on your property and to explain the right-of-way acquisition and negotiation process. Right-of-way acquisition for this approximately $3.5M project will begin in the next couple months with construction planned to start in summer of 2022.

During construction, Goodyear Boulevard will be closed for approximately 90 days between North Johns Avenue and Pondview Avenue. The official detour route for this closure will utilize Goodyear Boulevard, East Market Street, North Seiberling Street, Bauer Boulevard, and Brittain Road. This project will not cause any long-term impacts to the community. Access will continue to be maintained to all properties and businesses for the full duration of project. Access will not be restricted to any shopping, schools, jobs, recreational resources, community centers, etc. during construction. Pedestrian movements will be maintained as much as possible during construction. The roadway closure, including its effect on the bus route and bus stops, will be coordinated with Metro RTA. Roadway closure and detour information will be posted at the Goodyear Boulevard/Brittain Road and the Goodyear Boulevard/E. Market Street intersections and on the City of Akron webpage, and, at least two weeks prior to the start of construction.

To ensure the decision-making process is comprehensive, the City of Akron is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project. Environmental impacts include those involving archeological, architectural, and ecological resources, regulated materials and the general location of the project.  The City of Akron also requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in proximity to the project.  Cultural Resources include prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic bridges, historic buildings, sites and districts.

Please visit the City of Akron Engineering Bureau for more information.

Questions, comments, and concerns may be sent by May 3, 2021 via email to Michael Teodecki at [email protected] or they can be mailed to:

Department of Public Service – Akron Engineering Bureau
166 South High Street, Room 701
Akron, OH 44308
Attn: Michael Teodecki, P.E. 

For further information, contact:
Michael Teodecki
Design Division Manager
E-mail: [email protected]

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