OUR VIEW: Streetsboro to save with solution for flooding

Roger Di Paolo Published:

It looks like a project to remedy a long-standing flooding issue in Streetsboro not only will address that problem but will save up to $200,000, too. The city of Streetsboro was planning on an outlay of $160,000 to $200,000 as its share of the project, which involves installation of a culvert on S.R. 303 along Tinkers Creek. The area is prone to flooding. The lion's share of the cost, about $400,000, was to be supplied by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, with the city covering a smaller share of the cost. However, the Ohio Department of Transportation has determined that the culvert actually will be classified as a bridge, because it will be more than 10 feet wide. Because of this, ODOT will pick up more of the cost than the city had anticipated. The city's new share remains to be determined. According to Mayor Glenn Broska, it could be anywhere from zero to "substantially less" than the $200,000 originally estimated. While the project is at least two years in the future -- it's slated for 2015 -- the city can look ahead to a solution for a problem that, as Broska noted, it couldn't afford to deal with on its own. The project will make it easier for the area to drain, which should lessen the flooding that seems to occur whenever there is a heavy rain. As city officials noted, S.R. 303 is a heavily traveled artery' and the flooding that occurs there is not only an inconvenience for travelers but poses safety concerns, too. Mayor Broska credits Bruce Terrell, the city's engineering director, for initiating the discussion with ODOT that resulted in the reclassification of the culvert. Proactivity on the part of Broska, Terrell and other city officials seems to have paid off for the city.

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