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Pearl Road Widening Still Set for August Despite Funding Shortfall

City is exploring other sources after grant falls through

 

The city will not receive  to help pay for Phase 2 of the Pearl Road widening project, but construction is still scheduled to start in August.

Strongsville officials learned this week it won't get a share of state Issue 1 money this year.

But Lori Daley, design engineer for the city, said the state did offer a no-interest loan for nearly $2.3 million instead.

"We're still moving forward," Daley said. "We're exploring other funding."

So far, the city has a little over $7 million in grants for the $11.5 million project, which will widen Pearl up Stoney Hill and to the Strongsville border at Boston Road.

Mayor Tom Perciak said last year he hoped to amass at least $9.5 million in grants for the job and borrow the rest, if need be.

The city is in the middle of acquiring right of way for the project, and Perciak said he hopes to bid the project in the late spring.

Construction will take about a year, Daley said.

The project, which will widen Pearl from where it narrows at Ellsworth south to the county line, appeared to be in jeopardy early in 2012 when the Ohio Department of Transportation  pushed back funding until 2019.

But ODOT reversed the decision last 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.

Daley said it's still possible Strongsville could snag a share of Issue 1 funding this year.

"There's always a chance some of the projects ahead of us might not go forward," she said.


 

lyn February 01, 2013 at 12:58 PM
They want to develop that land on Pearl for business? Good luck selling that land that is now classified as residential. Try selling it to either a housing developer or, better yet, someone who would put in a senior living campus, where housing and facilities are provided for older people - with single family units, cluster homes, dependent living and nursing facilities. The city has an aging population and that would be great to have for its citizens to remain in their own town. The city leaders should try to encourage this kind of land use instead of more of the garbage dotting Pearl so that we don't look like some of those other cities. And again, I wish they would quit using Foltz as a lame excuse to get funds - they know that even if it is extended to Boston that Boston is just a country road that doesn't allow trucks, just like Drake doesn't and people will not be getting to the industrial area THIS way. IMO, they were lucky that ODOT hasn't yanked their funding based on the info that was submitted. It would be nice to widen the road if we had extra funds, but other existing needs, like deteriorating streets, should be taken care of first. This is NOT needed for any business development for land zoned residential or access to an industrial area that has nothing to do with Pearl.
lyn February 01, 2013 at 01:00 PM
They want to develop that land on Pearl for business? Good luck selling that land that is now classified as residential. Try selling it to either a housing developer or, better yet, someone who would put in a senior living campus, where housing and facilities are provided for older people - with single family units, cluster homes, dependent living and nursing facilities. The city has an aging population and that would be great to have for its citizens to remain in their own town. The city leaders should try to encourage this kind of land use instead of more of the garbage dotting Pearl so that we don't look like some of those other cities. And again, I wish they would quit using Foltz as a lame excuse to get funds - they know that even if it is extended to Boston that Boston is just a country road that doesn't allow trucks, just like Drake doesn't and people will not be getting to the industrial area THIS way. IMO, they were lucky that ODOT hasn't yanked their funding based on the info that was submitted. It would be nice to widen the road if we had extra funds, but other existing needs, like deteriorating streets, should be taken care of first. This is NOT needed for any business development for land zoned residential or access to an industrial area that has nothing to do with Pearl.
KLF February 01, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Don't borrow money for this please. Take the money we have to invest in this and spend it elsewhere with a greater return on investment that this will bring. Coming out of Admiralty and left unto Pearl hardly ever takes more than 5 or 6 seconds to turn due to low traffic volume. Often it takes no time other than to stop. Can't believe the mayor is so head strong to go forward on this despite almost zero residents' support. Doesn't he listen? He says it will help on the new Foltz extension. Probably not enough to justify this spending. Plus we don't need more traffic at the intersection of Boston and Pearl anyway. Especially if it's trucks and larger vehicles. Hopefully next election someone will rise up and challenge this senseless leadership we have.
tom m February 01, 2013 at 06:55 PM
it can take minutes to turn left off admiralty at times (no big deal) I am hoping that a sidewalk can be put in at least on one side of the road ( ok I admit it whopper runs on bike)

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