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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 11-18-2016

Akron, Ohio, November 18, 2016 – The City of Akron has released information regarding the Safe Routes to Schools Infrastructure Project. The estimated total project construction cost is $400,000. The proposed project will be constructed within the existing right-of-way and will not result in substantial impacts to environmental (ecological, cultural, hazardous waste sites, etc.) resources.

The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015 and executed by FHWA and ODOT.

Project Location: The City of Akron proposes to re-stripe Tallmadge Avenue (N. Main Street to Cuyahoga Street) and Vernon Odom Boulevard (Rhodes Avenue to East Avenue), as a part of the Safe Routes to Schools Infrastructure project.

Proposed Improvements:  The proposed improvements along Tallmadge Avenue and Vernon Odom Boulevard will consist of having the existing four lane section re-striped to three standard width vehicle lanes, with one through lane in each direction and a center two way left turn lane.  The pavement section will also include dedicated bicycle lanes.  These changes will provide safer, more calming traffic flow for vehicles by creating a ‘right sized’ roadway, which will also allow better options for cyclists and pedestrians.

Construction is scheduled to begin Summer 2017.  All interested persons are invited to provide comments, statements, and/or exhibits by mailing them to Nicholas Meyer, EIT Project Manager – City of Akron Engineering Bureau, 166 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308; or calling (330) 375-2072.  The final date for submission of comments will be December 19, 2016.

For more information, contact: Nicholas Meyer, EIT, City of Akron, Project Manager, (330) 375-2072, or [email protected].

For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street, Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 330/375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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