Pearl Road Phase 2 'Under Construction By This Time Next Year'

Mayor says pieces are falling into place on plan to widen road to city limits


The city will seek a $2.3 million grant from the state to help pay for Phase 2 of the Pearl Road project -- a job that will widen the roadway up Stoney Hill and to the Strongsville border at Boston Road.

City Council agreed this week to ask for State Issue 1 funding to help pay for the $11,455,000 project.

"If it all falls into place, we should have about $9.5 million in grants," Mayor Tom Perciak said.

Strongsville should learn by the end of the year whether it will get the Issue 1 award.

Perciak said the city would continue to seek funding for the remaining $2 million, but if none can be found, will borrow the money.

Meanwhile, right of way acquisition is continuing, City Engineer Ken Mikula said.

"We're looking to have Pearl Road Phase 2 under construction by this time next year," Perciak said.

The project, which will widen Pearl from where it narrows at Ellsworth all the way to the city limits at Boston Road, appeared to be in jeopardy early this year when the Ohio Department of Transportation  pushed back funding until 2019.

But ODOT reversed the decision this summer and agreed to give the city $6 million in 2013.

Perciak said the widening is crucial to business development on Pearl Road and will provide potential manufacturing firms better access in and out of town when the city develops a new section of Foltz Industrial Park.

Keith Best September 21, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Remember when President Obama said, "Shovel ready jobs weren't as shovel ready as we thought, hehehe." This man is a failure, vote him out in November.
Debbie Palmer September 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Lyn, got an answer on the first phase costs on Pearl Road. Phase 1 cost about $17.8 million; the city contributed about $4.4 million. The cost figures on Phase 2 changed because they're still just estimates, and the estimated cost has gone down as planning continues.
Jeff Christensen September 21, 2012 at 05:08 PM
As a GOP Leader in Wisconsin, you sure are commenting A LOT on Patch stories in Ohio. Hmm....I wonder why?
lyn September 24, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Debbie- Thanks for the info! Do you know where that other $1.2million grant is coming from, in that $9.5mil figure given by the mayor? $9.5million: $6 ODOT $1.2 ???? $2.3 just applied for
Debbie Palmer September 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Lyn, I'm pretty sure the city got one or two smaller grants last year for about $1 million. Sorry, can't remember where they came from.


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