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Open for Public Comment: Summit County Access Management Manual

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The draft of the Summit County Access Management Manual is attached below. This manual of regulations for the management of access (i.e. driveways) onto county and township roads in the unincorporated area of the county is ready for public review and comment. The Summit County Engineer’s office will hold three separate public meetings around the county to get input from township officials, technical staff, local advocacy groups, local residents and business owners.

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 Access Management Manual. The policy put forth in the manual provides a better plan for 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.  

We are accepting public comments on the document. Any comments can be sent 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 (330) 643-2850.

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Download this file (SCE AMM Final Draft - 10-17-14.pdf)Summit County Draft Access Management Manual 6285 Kb
 

Shaw Road Bridge now open

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Update 12/5/14: The Shaw Road Bridge is now open.

Bath Township, Ohio– Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker, PE, PS is pleased to announce that the Shaw Road Bridge Replacement Project has received an emergency funding grant award from the Ohio Public Works Commission. On Monday, May 12, 2014 at roughly 7:30pm, a severe storm hit Bath Township, Ohio. Three to four inches of rain fell within a very short period and a tornado warning was issued. Flash floods shortly followed the storm and the swelling creeks and streams damaged local infrastructure. The Shaw Road Bridge over Yellow Creek collapsed under the force of the water and debris.

Since then, the Summit County Engineer’s office has been moving quickly to get the bridge replaced as soon as possible. Summit County Council passed legislation declaring the bridge collapse an “emergency”, allowing the Engineer’s office to bypass normal bidding procedures in order to get the bridge designed and constructed within 2014.

The Summit County Engineer’s office has sought and received emergency funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission to replace the Shaw Road Bridge. The OPWC will provide 80% of the funding of the estimated $310,000 bridge replacement project. The remaining 20% will come from local County Engineer funds.

Here is an expected timeline of events for the bridge replacement:

Finals plans submitted by E.L. Robinson: Complete

Request for quotes from contractors: Complete

Open quotes: Complete

Award contract: Complete

Contract signed: Complete

Begin construction: October 13

Completion date: November 26  

 

PUBLIC MEETING: Arlington Road Improvement Project

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Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S. will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 for the proposed Arlington Road Improvement Project, between the City of Green corporate line to the City of Akron corporate line. This public meeting is scheduled from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. in the Coventry Town Hall, located at 68 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, OH 44319. The town hall is located behind the fire department and Coventry Township’s administrative offices. Residents, adjacent property owners, businesses, public officials, and anyone who may be interested in the proposed project are invited to attend. 

The public meeting will be conducted in an open house format.  Exhibits of various alternatives will be on display at the public meeting to show the proposed improvements. Representatives from the Summit County Engineer and the consultant, The Mannik & Smith Group will be on hand to answer any questions.

 

2014 Summer Roadwork Program

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Click below to find upcoming road projects in your area. 

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2013 Annual Report

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Click below to view the Summit County Engineer's 2013 Annual Report. 

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Download this file (2013 Annual Report Final.pdf)2013 Annual Report Final.pdf 9079 Kb
 

Canton Road receives federal funding

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Akron, Ohio– The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) announced last Friday that a joint project between the Summit County Engineer and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) received $3,149,479.00 in federal Surface Transportation Program funding. The Canton Road Improvement Project starts at Farmdale Drive and extends to approximately 500 feet south of Springfield Lake Drive. The project calls for a major improvement of the Canton Road/State Route 91/US 224 intersection, including the creation of dual northbound left turn lanes and an added east bound right turn lane. The project also proposing widening Canton Road to five lanes, constructing a raised median starting just  south of US 224 and extending to 300 feet south of the Arcadia/Meadows intersection. U-turn lanes will be constructed at Springfield Lake Drive intersection and at the Linwood Road intersection.

In addition, AMATS also approved Summit County Engineer grant requests for resurfacing funds for Canton Road from just south of Springfield Lake Drive to Salmon Drive and for constructing a sidewalk along the west side of Canton Road from US 224 to the new Springfield High School. The total amount of AMATS grant funding received for the Canton Road projects is $4,253,479.00.

This stretch of roadway consistently has been ranked near the top of AMATS’ high accident corridors in Summit County. The project has also received $5,000,000.00 of federal safety funds based on this designation as a high accident area.

ODOT owns three legs of the Canton Road/State Route 91/US 224 intersection as well as SR 91 as it extends north from the intersection. ODOT and the Summit County Engineer have been working together to solve the safety issues along this corridor. By creating one combined project instead of two separate smaller projects, ODOT and the County have saved money and the project will be designed and constructed faster than if each agency were preparing their own project.

“Since I first became County Engineer I have made it a goal to identify how to properly fund the improvement of Canton Road”, said Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker. “We have had various proposals for improvements but we were initially in a big funding hole. Through a partnership with ODOT, federal safety funds, state funds, and now with the approval of this critical grant award by AMATS, we finally have enough funding to move forward.” 

A complete list of AMATS funded projects can be found here.

 

14th Annual MBBC

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Akron, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, will host the 14th Annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition on Friday, January 24, 2014 on the third floor ballroom in the Student Union at the University of Akron. Registration begins at 7:45am and the presentation of awards takes place at 2:15pm. Jim Tressel, University of Akron Vice President of Student Success, will deliver the opening remarks at 8:20am. Bridge building will take place between 8:30am and 12:00pm. For any news organization who would like to send a photographer, bridge loading and testing begins at 12:45pm. Thirty teams from sixteen Summit County high schools will be participating. 

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, sixteen engineering consulting firms co-sponsor the annual event and offer scholarship opportunities for competition participants who choose a career in civil engineering.  

Participating high schools:

AkronEarly College

Coventry

Firestone

Four Cities Educational Compact

Garfield

Manchester

Mogadore

Norton

Portage Lakes Career Center

Revere High School

Springfield

Six District Engineering Academy

STEM High School

St. Vincent St. Mary

Twinsburg High School

Western Reserve Academy

Participating Engineering Firms:

Arcadis

Burgess & Niple

CT Consultants

E.L. Robinson

Environmental Design Group

Euthenics

Hatch Mott MacDonald

Jones-Stuckey Ltd.

ljb, inc

Mannick Smith Group, Inc

ms consultants

Osborn Engineering

Palmer Engineering

Richland Engineering

Thrasher Engineering

URS Inc.

 

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