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The Suburbanite
  • Stark County public infrastructure projects funded

  • Beginning in July, the Ohio Public Works Commission will provide $5.79 million in grants and loans through its state capital improvement program, which funds most types of infrastructure projects, and will distribute $2.59 million in grants through its local transportation improvement program, which funds only road and bridge projects. Ten infrastructure projects in Stark County received funding.

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  • The state’s public works program will help Canton improve one of the city’s most dangerous corridors.
    The Ohio Public Works Commission will provide a $1.5 million grant to help Canton City widen 12th Street between Monument Road NW and The O’Jays Parkway NE, enlarge signalized intersections and upgrade the traffic signal system. The project also involves adding dedicated left-turn lanes at Market Avenue N and bike lanes along the corridor.
    For the past decade, 12th and Market has ranked among the top 10 most dangerous intersections in Stark County. It has topped the list since at least 2007.
    Construction is scheduled to be under way by 2014 on the $17.9 million project. The Ohio Department of Transportation, Stark County Area Transportation Study and Canton also will help pay for the project.
    The corridor project is one of 10 infrastructure projects that will receive a loan or grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission.
    Beginning in July, the state will provide $5.79 million in grants and loans through its state capital improvement program, which funds most types of infrastructure projects, and will distribute $2.59 million in grants through its local transportation improvement program, which funds only road and bridge projects. Stark County received roughly the same level of state funding this year, and local officials on the District 19 Public Works Integrating Committee, which distributes the OPWC funds locally, added roughly $1 million that wasn’t used last year.
    Jeff Dotson, principal planner at the Stark County Regional Planning Commission, which administers the OPWC program locally, said Hartville did not use the money it was allocated to finish the Wales Drive and Reichenbach Road extension, and chose to reallocate the money it received for its Market Avenue N and Sunnyside Street SW traffic signal project to an improvement project along Market Avenue N that received part of this year’s allocation.
     
    STATE-FUNDED PROJECTS
    Besides Canton’s 12th Street corridor project, six other projects will be funded under the state capital improvement program including:
    Levee area sewer improvement in Massillon
    Project Cost: $3,049,550
    OPWC Funds: $ 1,425,956 ($285,192 grant; $1,140,764 loan)
    Plan: Project will correct deficiencies with various storm and sanitary sewers that penetrate or flow under the levee structure. The project involves slip lining, rehabilitating or replacing sewers from Finefrock Road to Newman Creek on both sides of the levee.
    Griffith Avenue SW sanitary sewer in Massillon
    Project Cost: $235,795
    OPWC Funds: $115,539 ($23,108 grant; $92,431 loan)
    Plan: The project will replace approximately 1,800 feet of sewer along Griffith Avenue SW, from Eighth Street to Duncan Street SW. The existing clay sewer was constructed in 1916.
    Canal Fulton waste water treatment plant screening improvement
    Project Cost: $173,928
    OPWC Loan: $173,928
    Page 2 of 2 - Plan: Project will install an automatic bar screen next to the existing concrete influent channel. The existing screening process will not meet new standards.
    37th Street NW waterline replacement in Canton
    Project Cost: $2,322,200
    OPWC Funds: $1,500,000 ($750,000 grant;
    $750,000 loan)
    Plan: Project will replace 6,800 feet of waterline on
    37th Street NW that is more than 60 years old, replace some sanitary sewer lines in the area and repave 37th Street NW from Cleveland Avenue to Market Avenue.
    Minerva waste water treatment plant upgrade
    Project Cost: $1,244,870
    OPWC Funds: $620,000 ($520,000 grant; $100,000 loan)
    Plan: Project will replace the preliminary treatment process with a bar screen, influent pump station and a static screen. It also will add grit removal facilities. The equipment will be housed in a new concrete block building.
    41st Street NW storm sewer construction in Canton
    Project Cost: $922,963
    OPWC Grant: $452,252
    Plan: Project will construct 800 feet of storm sewer pipe along 41st Street NW between Cleveland and Steese avenues NW, and install new curb, gutter and sidewalks. An existing detention basin at 42nd Street and Steese also will be modified.
    Projects that will be funded under the local transportation improvement program include:
    Market Avenue N improvement in Lake Township and Hartville
    Project Cost: $1,526,630
    OPWC Grant: $1,129,706
    Plan: The project will widen Market Avenue N and include left turn lanes south of state Route 619. A new traffic signal will be installed at Sunnyside Street SW. Market will be resurfaced south to the intersection of state Route 43.
    Locust Street N and Portage Street NW rehabilitation in Canal Fulton and Jackson Township
    Project Cost: $1,297,119
    OPWC Grant: $959,868
    Plan: The 2.9-mile project will repave Locust Street N from Millfield Road to Portage Street NW at Lutz Avenue NW. The existing pavement will be ground and repaired where necessary.  
    Paris Avenue NE intersection improvements in Nimishillen Township
    Project Cost: $3,188,400
    OPWC Grant: $498,400
    Plan: The money will serve as the local match for a federal highway project that will build a single lane roundabout at the intersection of Paris Avenue and Easton Street NW and will widen the intersection at Meese Road NE as well as add a new traffic signal. Motorists were killed at the Easton intersection in 2006 and 2009.