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.

lyn September 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Again, can we know yet how much the very needed Phase 1 cost the city? I would really like to compare what we are paying for both Phase 1 and Phase 2. I can't believe they are going forward without having the funds. As I read the article, if they don't get the funds they want, WE not only pay the $3mill - but now almost another $3mill if we have to borrow this. And, this widening isn't even needed. And, once again, widening Pearl HAS NOTHING TO DO with Foltz!!! No trucks are even allowed down Boston or Drake or Prospect - they can only get there via Royalton. It is just a convenient way to justify trying to do this. But , look at the map!! Foltz expansion will NOT benefit by this widening! That Foltz expansion is just to a country road country. Who would drive up that hill to get there, even if it was widened - Boston is still a country road! Maybe the Catan family should have to pay for some of that widening. They are the ONLY ones to benefit from this being done. They gradually bought up over 60 acres and are now trying to sell the land that they own along that very same strip. Again, money being spent and decisions being made by the city for those few in the mayors inner circle. What about the other 45,000 taxpayers? Shouldn't decisions be made thinking of the cities needs, not certain individuals?
John Wells September 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Sounds like Strongsville will just have its' very own "road to nowhere". Sorry Brunswick people.
lyn September 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
How did this go from a $12.7 million project to $11.5 million? I hope they are including all costs in this, including all the preliminary planning (engineering fees,...) and land acquisition costs. That would probably be about the $1.2million difference? I sure hope we aren't be given just construction costs to make it sound less! Also, where does this $9.5million in "hopeful" grants come from? I get the $6 we are getting from ODOT and the $2.3 they are now praying for. So, where and when did we get the other $1.2million? Last we heard the city was paying $3 million. These numbers seem to keep changing. Why?
lyn September 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Maybe we could spend another $130,000 on a nice brick wall saying, "Welcome to Stongsville's road to nowhere"- and then name that section of road after a certain family that owns most of that vacant land along that stretch.
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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