Summit County awarded $842,500 state grant for road improvements

July 25, 2018 GMT

Summit County awarded $842,500 state grant for road improvements

AKRON, Ohio – Summit County transportation projects are getting a boost through a $842,500 state grant.

The  Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Jobs and Commerce awarded the money to the Summit County Transportation Improvement District for projects in Akron, Twinsburg and Bath Township.

Road projects include:

$250,000 for reconstruction of Romig Road at the former Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, which is planned to be the future site of a $100 million commercial facility expected to bring 500 jobs to Akron;$250,000 for roadway infrastructure for business expansion in the Firestone Industrial Park at the former Firestone Tire manufacturing site;$140,000 for roadway repair and re-paving of Chamberlin Road with drainage improvements to extend the life of the road from East Aurora Road to Highland Road in Twinsburg; and$202,500 for reconfiguration of the Cleveland-Massillon Road at the Ghent Road intersection in Bath Township to reduce traffic congestion in the Embassy Parkway area and offer easier access to Interstate 77.

With this grant, the state has awarded Summit County Transportation Improvement District more than $1.7 million for local projects since the district was created four years ago.

“One of our primary areas of focus in Summit County is economic development and job growth,” said County Executive Ilene Shapiro in a news release. “Transportation Improvement District grants are vital to our continuing, proactive effort to expand opportunities to improve infrastructure and to create and retain jobs in Summit County. We are very pleased to receive this funding and to invest more toward job creation in our community.”

Want more Akron news? Sign up for cleveland.com’s Rubber City Daily, an email newsletter delivered at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.