AMATS enters 2018 with 37 new projects
Thirty-seven highway, bike and pedestrian projects throughout the Greater Akron area will receive nearly $34 million in federal funds following the first meeting of the AMATS Policy Committee in 2018. An extensive signal improvement project in Aurora, major reconstruction of Barberton’s Wooster Road West, and new sidewalks along Darrow Road (state Route 91) in Stow are some of the projects that the committee approved during its Jan. 25 meeting.
AMATS Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Coordinator Dave Pulay says that the projects, represent wise investments in the region’s infrastructure in the face of diminishing funding resources. “The lion’s share of these projects maintain our current system, which we believe is a more fiscally responsible course for the region rather than costly expansions although there are a number of new exciting projects in this latest round of funding,” Pulay explains.
Seven projects to reconstruct and improve Greater Akron area roadways will receive over $18 million from the federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program. Two Barberton projects, the Wooster Road West Reconstruction and the Wooster Road/State Street intersection, will receive more than $5.5 million and $1.9 million in STBG funds respectively. The committee also approved $3.6 million for Cuyahoga Falls’ Portage Trail Extension Widening and more than $3.5 million for a citywide signal improvement project in Aurora.
Twenty-five projects will receive more than $13.1 million in federal funding from the AMATS Resurfacing Program. Eight of these resurfacing projects are sponsored by the Summit County Engineer’s office including the two-part Cleveland-Massillon Road project in Copley Township, which will receive a total of $1.4 million. Other sponsors that secured funding for more than one project include Akron and Barberton with three projects each totaling $2.1 million and nearly $1.2 million respectively and New Franklin with two projects totaling nearly $1.2 million.
The area’s trail and sidewalk networks will continue to grow as five projects totaling nearly $2.6 million, will receive funding from the federal Transportation Alternatives Set Aside (TASA) Program. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Pedestrian Bridge and Trail and the Summit Metro Parks’ Freedom Trail Phase 4 will each receive $700,000 for construction. A project to construct new sidewalks along a portion of Darrow Road in Stow will also receive more than $590,000 in TASA funds.
Tables detailing projects that will receive STBG, Resurfacing and TASA funds are available by clicking here.