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Work Starts on 'Ring Road' at Home Depot, Lowe's

Internal street will let traffic flow from Sprague to Whitney without going onto Pearl

A "ring road" that will connect the retail stores on Pearl Road between Sprague and Whitney is finally under construction.

The road has been delayed for years by lawsuits and appeals filed by Home Depot, which did not want to be connected to its main competitor, Lowe's.

"The fence and barrels went up, then they'll start moving dirt," Mayor Tom Perciak said earlier this week.

The road will let motorists travel all the way from Sprague to Whitney without driving on Pearl Road.

"This was a huge safety issue," Perciak said. "If all goes well, this project will finally be completed by the end of April."

The case stretches back several years, but came to an end in February when the Ohio Supreme Court denied a motion to reconsider the case, giving  a green light to build an interior access road that would link the Pearl-Sprague stores -- which are now  and  -- with the stores just south, including Lowe's.

Law Director Ken Kraus has said there is more than $90,000 in an escrow fund to pay for construction of the roadway.

Home Depot has  with lawsuits and appeals.

The road was supposed to be built by Lowe's and former project developer David Lewanski, but construction was blocked by Home Depot's legal action.

The court eventually ruled in favor of Lowe's, Lewanski and the city. Home Depot appealed, and last year, the Eighth District Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Home Depot raised no valid objections to the lower court's decision, Kraus said.

Home Depot then went to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the court in late November declined jurisdiction in the case. Home Depot appealed that decision, but the high court refused again early this year.

Tim Morgan March 22, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I think once the road opens the people of strongsville should not shop at home depot for a good 30 days as payback for wasting our tax dollars in fighting their foolish lawsuits
Hot in Strongsville March 22, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I think once the road opens, the people of Strongsville should not shop at LOWE's! Home Depot was there first and Lowe's shouldn't have opened their store so close to another one just like it. People that live in this area do not want a shopping center here and this is just another reason for me to want to move OUT of Strongsville. This used to be a nice quiet area and now it's overtaken by too many cars and this road will make it worse!
lyn March 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Bye-Bye!! You're right. It was So much nicer with all those run down no-tel motels. I'm sure you're also against improving that corner of Pearl and Whitney - because that rundown building and unsightly corner should stay as is, because its so PURTY!!
lyn March 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Dear "Hot"- Missing your logic. How does a ring road that diverts traffic from Pearl Rd. make it worse? This would alleviate some of the traffic problems currently on Pearl, right???????
Mark Kylemore March 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM
"Hot" is likely affiliated with Home Depot. I agree with the other poster, boycott HD for a while to send them a message. They made this area pay with excess Pearl Rd traffic to protect their self interests.
Pat Whalen March 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM
If Home Depot is as good as they say they are, they should have no problems. Lowes carries a different product. Lowes is set for the handyman where Depot is set for a contractor
Diane M March 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I can't wait for this road to open! This means I don't have to go onto Pearl Rd. This will eliminate the long line when turning left onto Whitney from Pearl. Yahoo!!!!
tom m March 23, 2012 at 06:54 PM
ahh what a city that would be 1 gas station and 1 fast food place 1 drug store 1 home improvement place yep by your rules of only 1 of everything the traffic would be worse because of the distances people would have to travel to shop at the only locations ...and since you are probably the manager of home depot you should be able to move

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