BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Tuesday night hosted a public involvement meeting at the South Range Local K-12 Campus, providing the public with information regarding a proposed project at the school facility and soliciting feedback from residents.
The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments in February announced that it had secured $1.6 million to install left turn lanes in the north and south bound lanes at the entrances to the K-12 campus and the athletic facility located on opposite sides of the roadway, as well as building a pedestrian tunnel under the roadway to provide safe access between the facilities.
The purpose of the project is to improve the flow of traffic and increase pedestrian safety, according to material provided by ODOT. It is tentatively scheduled to be bid out in May and completed next summer.
According to Project Manager Lisa Bose, ODOT officials must respond to all comments submitted by Dec. 28 before moving forward with the plans. So far reaction has been minimal, Bose said, noting that the project is relatively small with the only right-of-way coming from the school.
With ODOT and Eastgate funding the project, schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham said he has only had positive feedback.
"The funding is 100 percent non-school funding, so the project only benefits us," he said.
Anyone wishing to submit a comment on the project should print their name, address and phone number, indicate support or opposition to the project and provide their comment on a piece of paper and mail it to Mr. Anthony M. Urankar, District 4 Deputy Director, Attn: Mr. David Sicker P.E., District 4 Planning Engineer, Ohio Department of Transportation, 2088 S. Arlington Road, Akron OH 44306-4243.
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