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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

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:19
 

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.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2017 09:27
 

2015 Traffic Access Management Manual

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Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker, PE, PS, is proud to announce the debut the of Summit County's first Traffic Access Management Manual (TAMM). On August 4, 2015, Summit County Council authorized Resolution 2015-234, formally adopting the TAMM. This is a manual of regulations for the management of access (i.e.) driveways onto county and township roads in the unincorporated areas of the county. A committee of transportation professionals and elected officials reviewed and edited the manual over the past several months to incorporate current, best engineering practices to the TAMM. In addition, the Summit County Engineer's Office held three public meetings around the county to get input from township officials, technical staff, local advocacy groups, local residents, and business owners. Summit County Council also held two public hearings before enacting the manual. 

State and national studies have shown a direct correlation between traffic crashes and the number of driveways along a corridor, which is why the county developed the TAMM. The TAMM provides a better plan for the utilization of our roads to ensure they will be safe and efficient for years to come. The manual includes best practices for design and safety, based on successful models from across the country and Ohio, and is tailored to fit the unique characteristics of Summit County. 

You can find a copy of the adopted TAMM below. 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:07
 

Alan Brubaker releases statement on the condition of local roads and the proposed Highway Bill

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Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker releases statement on the state of local roads and the proposed Highway Bill

Akron, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, stated the following:

“Two articles came across my desk today that highlight this country’s need for a better, sustainable, adequate way to fund infrastructure in America. The first was regarding the proposed Senate Highway Bill that will fund the Highway Trust Fund for six years. Initially I was very hopeful we could breathe a bit easier for the next six years and not worry about whether or not our projects using federal funding would have to be halted when funds dry up. Then I learned that the proposed legislation contains what could be called a “poison pill”. The bill pulls funding from several different sources, one of those sources being Social Security. Many members of the Senate and House have already condemned those measures. I am now less optimistic that we will have a full Highway Bill and instead will have yet another two month continuing resolution that will be nothing but an inadequate patch for our transportation system.

The second article is the urban road report issued from the national transportation research group TRIP titled “Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother”. The report ranks the Akron area 11th in the nation for percentage of roads considered in poor condition. While the Summit County Engineer’s Office has raised the pavement condition rating average on county roads in the last six years (the average county road is 65, on a scale of 1-100), this office has done so by making extreme cuts, doing less highway expansion projects and focusing primarily on maintenance and traffic safety.

The county highway system has improved because this office has found creative solutions to ensure that Summit County roads and bridges are safe and passable but we also see that a few years down the road funding will dry up. I’m proud of our collaborative regional pavement maintenance program meant to save Summit County and our communities money by bidding projects as one entity. We have paid off old debt and refinanced it in a way that the interest on that money went back to the county. We’ve reached out to townships and municipalities and formed partnerships on various projects, such as the joint grant application with Fairlawn for Cleveland-Massillon Road and many joint projects with the city of Akron. We also partnered with ODOT for Canton Road, securing money from various federal sources; however that funding will be in jeopardy if the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money. Similarly, we’ve also prioritized Arlington Road and improvements are currently in design. We’ve aggressively pursued outside funding from other federal entities, such as the Department of the Interior for county roads running through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, making great improvements to those roads and increasing our pavement condition rating average.

We are not immune to the cuts coming from Columbus and Washington. Due to a decrease in federal funding for roads in National Parks and a low vehicle per day count, we had to turn a portion of Everett Road back to gravel. A Boston Township road, Oak Hill, has been closed permanently due to a landslide and there are no funds to fix it. A landslide on Yellow Creek Road has one lane of traffic shut down and the fix will be in the neighborhood of $1.2 million dollars. We had to take South Main Street down to three lanes and it will remain that way until such time that funding becomes available to widen the roadway and replace the bridge over the feeder channel.

We have been able to make improvements during these last six years and weather the recession and rising salt and asphalt prices. Other counties and municipalities have not been so fortunate, and the current system is not sustainable for any of us.

The federal highway trust fund accounts for half the money the states get to fund their transportation systems. That money is then passed through the state to the local governments. There are no shortage of workable solutions that will fix the Highway Trust Fund. Some of them may be politically difficult but it needs to happen. Motorists need to be safe. Goods and services need to be able to move quickly and efficiently for the economy to thrive. This is critical and I call on Washington to work together to pass a bill that will fund infrastructure now and into the future.”

 

2015 Summer Roadwork

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Click the link below to see what SCE projects will be in your area this summer. 

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