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2016 Annual Report

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Speed Limit Changes in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Akron, Ohio–Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker would like to alert motorists that effective April 4, 2017, 35 mph is the prima fascia speed limit for all County highways within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The speed of vehicles has long been a safety issue within the park where pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists comingle with motor vehicles along curvy and hilly county highways. The change in speed limits was authorized by House Bill 455 and enhances safety for the 2.5 million annual visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The previous prima fascia speed limit was 55 mph in the unincorporated portions of the National Park.

The last thing park visitors wish to encounter while enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of a national park are vehicles speeding along at 55 mph or greater past the many hikers, bikers, and horseback riders using the trails throughout the park. “While drivers, riders and pedestrians will still need to use common care and caution within the park, at least we will now be able to post the county’s park roads at a more reasonable speed limit,” Mr. Brubaker said.

While many National Parks have speed limits established by the park commissioner, the roadways within Cuyahoga Valley National Park are the responsibility of the State, County, Townships, and Cities and therefore their speed limits are governed by the Ohio Revised Code. This revision to the Ohio Revised Code will only affect County Highways since the Township Highways within the Park are already posted at 35 mph or less and the prima fascia speed limit within municipalities is already 35 mph.

Mr. Brubaker stated that this speed limit change will also have positive economic and environmental impacts. Setting a standard speed limit will minimize the need for costly speed reduction studies. In addition, the Federal Highway Administration requires different designs for high speed roads when utilizing federal funds to make highway improvements. The 35 mph speed limit will greatly reduce the need for expensive and environmentally damaging roadway alignment modifications. The dollars that would otherwise be used flattening the hills and smoothing the curves can be used to improve the safety of the highway facilities for all park users by providing paved shoulders for pedestrians, cyclists, and hikers to avoid vehicular traffic.

In 2015 it was reported that the tourists visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park created a $144 million dollar benefit to the area. A safer speed limit will make the National Park a more enjoyable tourist destination and create a positive economic impact in Northeast Ohio. The Ohio General Assembly is commended for making this change a reality.

Affected roadways:

Valley View Roadfrom the Cuyahoga County line to Chaffee Road

Chaffee Roadfrom SR 82 to Valley View Road

Highland Roadfrom Cuyahoga County line to Boyden Road

Brandywine Roadfrom Highland Road to Boston Heights corporate line

Riverview Roadfrom Cuyahoga County line to Peninsula corporate line

Boston Mills Roadfrom Black Road to Riverview Road

Boston Mills Roadfrom Richfield corporate line to Black Road

Columbia Roadfrom Black Road to Riverview Road

Black Road from SR 303 to Columbia Road

Brush Roadfrom Richfield corporate line to Black Road

Townsend Roadfrom Cuyahoga County line to Richfield corporate line

Wheatley Roadfrom Revere Road to Everett Connector

Revere Roadfrom Everett Road to Wheatley Road

Everett Roadfrom Revere Road to Everett Connector

Everett Connectorfrom Everett Road to Wheatley Road

Everett Roadfrom Everett Connector to Riverview Road

Riverview Roadfrom Cuyahoga Falls corporate line to Peninsula Village corporate line

Akron-Peninsula Roadfrom Cuyahoga Falls corporate line to Peninsula Village corporate line

Northampton Roadfrom Akron-Peninsula Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Quick Road from Akron-Peninsula Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Kendall Park/Truxell Roadfrom Akron-Peninsula Road to Akron-Cleveland Road

Ira Roadfrom Kemery Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Bath Roadfrom Shade Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Yellow Creek Roadfrom S. Revere Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Sand Run Roadfrom Akron corporate line to Yellow Creek Road

 

2017 Miniature Bridge Building Competition Results

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Akron, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, hosted the 17th Annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition on February 24, 2017 at the Summit County Fairgrounds. Thirty-six teams from 19 area high schools built miniature bridges of their own designs, made out of balsa wood and according to strict guidelines. Springfield High School Team 1 came in first place by constructing a bridge that held 115.6 pounds.  Western Reserve Academy Team 1 claimed the second spot and Springfield High School Team 2 came in third place. Portage Lakes Career Center Team 2 won the Aesthetics Award and Manchester High School Team 1 was runner up. 

The competition is designed to encourage high school students to implement scientific and mathematical principles they have learned in the classroom.  Along with Engineer Alan Brubaker, eighteen engineering consulting firms co-sponsor the annual event and offer scholarship opportunities for competition participants who choose a career in civil engineering.  AECOM/URS, Inc., Arcadis, Burgess & Niple, CT Consultants, DLZ , E.L. Robinson, Environmental Design Group, Euthenics, Jones-Stuckey Ltd./Pennoni Associates, ljb, inc, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Mott Mac Donald , ms consultants, Osborn Engineering, Prime A.E. Engineering, Richland Engineering, Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, and Thrasher Engineering were the participating consulting firms this year. Representatives from all eighteen firms were on board with displays, handouts, and words of encouragement to help bridge the gap from applied bridge design to a real life professional career in the field. Professional engineers from the Summit County Engineer’s Office were also busy circulating among the students to cheer them on while teams competed to build the winning bridge.

After about three hours of construction, the bridges were brought up on stage to be load tested until their ultimate demise. Bridge after bridge broke under the increased weight hanging from the center of the bridges. The winning team members from Springfield High School Team 1 are Matthew Jordan, Bri Miller, and Colin Leporis. They were rewarded with a trophy and cash prizes for their impressive efforts. Second place winners from Western Reserve Academy are Peter Campanelli, Matthew Groll, and Alexander Wayne. Aesthetics Award winners from Portage Lakes Career Center are Hunter Bonk, Dylan DeHarpart, and Daniel Birchfield. 

 

Vanderhoof Road Bridge Proposed Replacement Advisory

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New Franklin, Ohio– The Summit County Engineer's Office has obtained a County Engineer’s Association of Ohio (CEAO) grant for the replacement of the existing Vanderhoof Road Bridge over the Tuscarawas River located in the City of New Franklin between Van Buren Road and Grove Road.  The existing bridge, built in 1929, is an 82 feet long single span, through girder, with a deck that is 27 feet wide and carries approximately 3,300 vehicles per day.

The CEAO grant will pay for 80% of the estimated $785,000 project with the Summit County Engineer’s share of the Motor Vehicle Gas Tax paying the remaining 20%. The engineering firm Jones Stuckey, A Division of Pennoni, is designing the improvement. Right-of-way will be acquired from two adjacent property owners later this year, and the project will be constructed in 2017. The bridge will be closed during construction and traffic will be detoured along Van Buren Road, Center Road, and Manchester Road. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.  The replacement bridge will be located on the same alignment as the existing bridge, it will be slightly higher to permit the passage of 100 year storm events, and will be 32 feet wide to accommodate two 12 foot wide lanes with 4 foot wide shoulders on each side. The new bridge will be approximately 104 feet long to avoid any in river work during construction. The duration of the closure is 120 days. 

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.  Environmental studies have tested and identified low levels of pesticide in project soils.  For your information, the test results may be obtained by contacting Joseph Paradise, P.E., of the Summit County Engineer's Office This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

2017 Regional Pavement Maintenance Program

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The Summit County Engineer’s Office (SCE) will be heading up a Regional Pavement Maintenance Program for 2017. 

We would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss this regional approach to pavement maintenance.  The meeting will be at 9:30 AM, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at our Main Office (Maintenance Garage).

We are inviting all those responsible for maintaining public roads (cities, villages, townships, park systems) in Summit County to join us.  We will be administering a program of common pavement maintenance activities.  We will combine the proposed work of participating entities into a single contract that this office will then advertise and manage.  Our goal is to use economy of scale and standardized specifications to increase the cost effectiveness of the funds we all spend maintaining our roads.

Projects for 2017:

-          Hot Mix Paving for the north half of the County

-          Hot Mix Paving for the south half of the County

-          Seal Coat and Motor Paving

-          Asphalt Rejuvenation

-          Spot Paving

-          Pavement Marking

-          Asphalt Crack Sealing

-          Concrete Road Repair including Miscellaneous Concrete Work (Curb, Gutter, Sidewalks, Drive Approaches)

Possible Addition:

-          Culvert Replacement

The tentative schedule for this program is as follows:

-          12/7/17 -  Kick-off Meeting at SCE Office

-          2/3/17 - Legislation authorizing direct pay, participation in program, and availability of funds due to SCE

-          2/10/17 - Scope of work due to SCE

-          2/24/17 and 3/3/16 - Advertise

-          3/17/17 - Open bids

-          4/20/17 - Council Approval

-          4/24/16 to 4/28/16 - Process contracts and hold pre-construction meetings

-          5/8/16 - Start Work

Last year, we combined 34 individual projects from 14 political sub-divisions into 9 contracts that totaled over $4.7 million.

For questions regarding the inter-agency agreements, the schedule, and program issues of a general nature, the specific work types we plan on contracting and other technical questions, please contact Sam Ross ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 

Boston Mills Road Improvement Project Announcement

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Boston Mills Road Improvement announcement

 

Boston Township, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, would like to alert residents and motorists of a road improvement project on Boston Mills Road located in Boston Township. The Summit County Engineer’s Office is taking public comments on the proposed project. Current plans call for the road to be closed for 45 days.

The proposed improvement consists of upgrading approximately 1,200 feet of Boston Mills Road starting at Riverview Road and extending to the west. The project will include milling the existing pavement, widening the paved shoulder, replacing the existing storm sewer, installing curb, making pavement repairs as needed, applying leveling and surface courses of asphalt, and applying new pavement markings.

The Summit County Engineer’s office designed the project in house. Plans, specifications, and cost projections are complete and construction is anticipated to begin next spring.

The official detour for the closure of Boston Mills Road will route traffic along Riverview Road to Columbia Road to Black Road. The detour route will be in effect for 45 days.

Any comments or questions should be submitted to Joe Paradise, P.E., Deputy Director of Engineering Services at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mailed to the Summit County Engineer, 538 East South Street, Akron Ohio  44311. 

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.

 

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2016 Summer Roadwork

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Summit County Engineer’s Office summer roadwork

Please find the upcoming County projects in your area below:

405 (Motor Paving)

405 Resurfacing Projects:

—  Hametown Road from SR 162 to Ridgewood Road (Bath)

—  Myersville Road from Killian Road to Krumroy Road (Springfield)

—  Pressler Road from Killian Road to Krumroy Road (Springfield)

—  Northampton Road from Akron-Peninsula Road to the Cuyahoga Falls line (Boston)

405 resurfacing is also known as Motor Paving. The contractor uses a stationary plant on-site to prepare the asphalt mixture, places it on the roadway, and compacts the mixture with a roller. 422 is then placed on top of the 405.

405 is less expensive than hot mix asphalt and is used in conjunction with 422 when the roadway crown or edges need to be re-established. A further advantage is that 405 is more flexible than hot mix asphalt and can resist small movements in the road base that would crack hot mix asphalt.

Melway Paving is the contractor for the 405 program. The contract includes Summit County Engineer’s office, Bath Township, Copley, Township, Richfield Township, and the City of Norton. The total contract award is $1,374,477.85. The County portion of the work is $746,457.05.

422 (Chip Seal)

422 Resurfacing Projects:

—  Hametown Road from Bath Road to Everett Road (Bath)

—  Minor Road from SR 21 to Cleveland-Massillon Road (Copley)

—  Pressler Road from City of Green to Killian Road (Springfield)

422 resurfacing is also known as a chip seal.

The contractor places an asphalt emulsion on the roadway, spreads gravel on top of the emulsion, compacts the stone into the emulsion with a roller, and then sweeps the excess gravel from the road the same day. Sweeps are repeated about a week later to ensure loose gravel is completely removed from the roadway.

422 is less expensive than hot mix asphalt, seals existing cracks, and prevents water from causing cracks and potholes in the pavement, and increases tire traction.

Specialized Construction is the contractor on the 422 program. The contract includes the Summit County Engineer’s office, Bath Township, Copley Township, and Coventry Township. The total contract amount is $544,004.60 and the County share of the work is $185,675.00.

Hot Mix Asphalt Summit County Regional Resurfacing Program North

448 North Road:

—  Highland Road from Olde 8 Road to Macedonia line (Northfield Center)

—  Olde 8 Road from SR 82 to SR 8 (OPWC project) (Northfield Center)

—  Brandywine Road from Highland Road to SR 82 (OPWC project) (Sagamore Hills)

—  Sourek Road from Sourek Road Extension to Revere Road (Bath)

448 resurfacing is also known as Hot Mix Asphalt.  The asphalt is prepared in an asphalt plant, transported to the site in heated trucks, placed on the roadway in the desired thickness, and then compacted with a roller.  448 is the most durable (and most expensive) asphalt pavement and resists rutting and can handle heavier traffic loads more than 405 and 422 resurfacing.  It is used in locations that have heavy traffic and a high percentage of truck traffic.

Ronyak Paving is the contractor for this year’s 448 contract in the northern half of Summit County.  This contract includes the Summit County Engineer’s Office, Bath Township, Richfield Village, MetroParks, and Twinsburg Township. The total for the program is $1,914,103.20. The County share is $1,194,791.42 with $700,476.00 coming from State OPWC funds.

Hot Mix Asphalt Summit County Regional Resurfacing Program South

448 South Roads:

—  Mayfair Road from SR 241 to Green line (Springfield)

—  Portage Lakes Drive from Cormany Road to South Turkeyfoot Road (Coventry)

Kenmore Construction is the contractor for this year’s 448 contract in the southern half of Summit County.  This contract includes Summit County, Springfield Township, and Copley Township for a total amount of $891,476.00. The County share is $450,616.50.

Asphalt Rejuvenating – Summit County Regional Program

—  Bath Road from Cleveland Massillon Road to Revere Road (Bath)

—  Crystal Lake Road from Idlebrook Drive to Granger Road (Bath)

—  State Mill Road from SR 93 to Portage Lakes Drive (Coventry)

—  Summit Road from Norton line to Jacoby Road (Copley)

An asphalt rejuvenating agent is applied to hot mix asphalt pavement that was placed one or two years ago.  The agent restores flexibility and water resilience that the asphalt surface lost due to weathering and the passage of time.  Forty-five minutes after the rejuvenating agent is applied, sand is placed over the agent to absorb excess agent and provide enhanced vehicle traction.  One week later, the excess sand will be swept from the road surface.

Pavement Technology, Inc. is the contractor for this year’s Asphalt Rejuvenating This contract includes the Summit County Engineer’s Office, Twinsburg Township, and the City of Akron.

The value of this year’s contract is $114,955.00. The County share is $69,222.00.

Asphalt Crack Sealing Program-Summit County Regional Program

County roads to be crack sealed:

—  Old Mill Road from Twinsburg line to Ravenna Road (Twinsburg Township)

—  Riverview Road from Cuyahoga Falls line to Peninsula line (Boston Township)

—  Riverview Road from Peninsula Line to Cuyahoga County line (Boston Township)

—  Yellow Creek Road from Cleveland-Massillon Road to Yellow Creek Lane (Bath Township)

—  Pickle Road from Green line to Killian Road (Springfield Township)

Crack Sealing is used to close small cracks in hot mix asphalt roads.  This prevents water from entering the pavement and causing potholes or damaging the road base.

The award for this year’s contract went to Aero-Mark, Inc. This project involves the County Engineer, City of Akron, and Twinsburg Township.

The value of this year’s contract is $119,407.37. The County portion is $36,905.00

Pavement Marking Program- Summit County Regional Program

County Roads – Approximately 116 miles of County roads will have new pavement markings applied.

The Pavement Marking Program involves applying new centerline, edge lines, and special markings to roads as required. 

American Roadway Logistics is the contractor for this year’s Pavement Marking Program.  This contract includes the Summit County Engineer’s Office, Copley Township, MetroParks, Sagamore Hills Township, and Twinsburg Township.

The value of this year’s contract is $144,334.65. The County share is $114,749.70.

Arlington Road Improvement Project (Coventry and Springfield Townships)

Road improvements are planned for Arlington Road from City of Green line to Warner Road.  Improvements include upgrading traffic signals, resurfacing, installing a north bound left hand turn lane at Warner Road, constructing sidewalks, relocation of utilities, and upgrading signage and pavement markings.

Karvo Companies is the contractor for this $2,537,296.90 project. The project is 80% funded with Federal Highway Administration grant funds.

Yellow Creek Road Stabilization (Bath Township)

Slope stabilization is necessary between Yellow Creek Road and Yellow Creek just east of Revere Road.  The stabilization system consists of 150 feet of sheet pile wall, drilled shafts, and tie backs across Yellow Creek Road.  The project also includes 200 linear feet of full depth pavement and 251 feet of resurfacing.  Drainage improvements, erosion control, and natural bank stabilization are used to enhance slope stability. 

Lockhart Concrete is the contractor on the $927,100.45 project.

Van Buren Road Bridge over the Tuscarawas (New Franklin)

This project calls for the rehabilitation of the Van Buren Road Bridge over the Tuscarawas River. The Summit County Engineer’s Office applied and received Credit Bridge Program eligibility for this project. The Credit Bridge Program allows counties that are using local funds replacing or rehabilitating bridges on non-Federal aid highways to get credit for those bridge replacements to be used later on a federal aid highway bridge replacement.

The bridge replacement cost is $345,176.00. The contractor is Lockhart Concrete.

Bank Street Bridge over the Little Cuyahoga River (Akron)

This is a bridge rehabilitation project. Work includes replacing the bridge superstructure, repairing existing abutments, removal of an existing pier, and reconstruction of the approach roadway.

Lockhart Concrete is the contractor for this $874,000.00 bridge rehabilitation project. The project is 80% funded with Federal Highway Administration grant funds.

The combined total for all County projects is $7,481,990.02.

 
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