The City of Streetsboro is working to acquire easements on eight to ten parcels in preparation for a $ 6.16 million expansion and modernization of Route 43 between Evergreen Drive and Frost Road.
These eight to 10 property owners are the last of roughly 60 to 65 property owners to be affected by the project, which includes installing curbs and sidewalks, according to Assistant Legal Director Sara Fagnilli.
“They usually agree with us,” she said, adding that these packages could be used for business any day.
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Mayor Glenn Broska said the process is routine for road projects, adding that a similar process took place prior to widening Route 14 at the east end of town.
“The overwhelming majority of them were taken care of straight away,” he said.
According to Ray Marsch, Public Information Officer for the District 4 Office of the Ohio Department of Transportation, the project will add a middle left turn lane that can be used either south or north from Route 14 to Frost Road. That includes adding a southbound lane between the Ohio Turnpike Bridge and Evergreen Drive. South of Evergreen Drive, the road is now two lanes wide.
Marsch also said the north right lane approaching Evergreen Drive will be converted to a right turn lane that will eliminate the merge north of Evergreen Drive.
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Broska said some property owners may have landscaping or other improvements in the area that the city needs for the project. The circumstances of each property can be unique.
“It’s basically the exact same project we’re doing on Route 14,” he added. “It’s a shame we’re going to have to go through this, but some people think their property is worth more than the market value of it.”
Broska said OR Colan is doing the assessments for the city.
In cases where the city cannot agree on a price with the landowners, Fagnilli says the city must file a lawsuit with the district probate court.
“Ohio has a law called Quick Take,” she explained. “The state must submit an assessment of the easement, regardless of whether it is a permanent or a temporary easement.”
If landowners don’t accept the estimate that is usually offered, the city must file an application with the court, she said. At this point, the city and the country have access to the easement for the construction.
“The state and city automatically have the right to use the property,” she said. “The value can even be on jury trial, but it’s designed in such a way that a property owner can’t stop construction on a street or motorway.”
Of the $ 6.16 million project (including structural and structural parts), the city’s share is $ 770,665, according to Broska. The remainder is paid for government security funding, funding from various sources through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Survey, and the Ohio Department of Transportation Urban Paving program.
Marsch said he believes excavation for the project could begin next winter and the project will be completed during the course of 2023 and will be completed by the end of the year.
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