Cuyahoga County’s 2018 and 2019 road resurfacing proposals announced; lawsuit settlement approved

February 28, 2018 GMT

Cuyahoga County’s 2018 and 2019 road resurfacing proposals announced; lawsuit settlement approved

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County plans to provide $3 million to help fund 14 road repair projects in the next two years.

The projects were introduced Tuesday in resolutions to County Council and referred to council’s Public Works Committee.

The funding is from the Department of Public Works’ Overall Roadway Capital Program. The $3 million in county funding will be combined with funds from municipalities for a total estimated project cost of $15.4 million over the two years.

Municipalities are eligible to apply for 50 percent funding of their projects, up to $250,000 per project. The projects are designed and constructed by the municipality with county review.

“Even as state and federal funds are diminishing, the county continues to find innovative ways to assist our municipalities,” Director of Public Works Michael Dever said in a statement.

Following are the 2018 projects:

Clark Avenue from West 41st Street to Quigley Road in Cleveland: $250,000 from the county, $7,251,947 from Cleveland.Pettibone Road/Cochran Road intersection, Glenwillow: $149,655 from county, $149,655 from Glenwillow.Broadway Avenue from Macedonia Road to Interstate 271 in Oakwood: $250,000 from county, $474,130 from Oakwood.East 55th Street from Harvard Avenue to Newburgh Heights city line: $80,500 from the county, $80,500.00 from Newburgh Heights.Canal Road from Rockside Road to East 71st Street in Cuyahoga Heights: $250,000 from the county, $1,954,448 from Cuyahoga Heights.West 54th Street from Snow Road to Loya Parkway in Parma: $165,113 from the county and $165,113 from Parma.Fairhill Road from Coventry Road to Shaker Heights city line: $249,040 from the county, $249,040 from Shaker Heights.

2019 proposed projects

Alexander Road from Walton Road to Northfield Road in Walton Hills: $250,000 from the county, $279,521 from Walton Hills.Lindbergh Boulevard from Abbeyshire Drive to the Berea city line: $170,463 from the county, $170,463 from Berea.Mackenzie Road from Lorain Road to the south North Olmsted city line: $250,000 from the county, $490,824 from North Olmsted.Dunham Road from Turney Road to the south Maple Heights city line: $123,255 from the county, $123,255 from Maple Heights.East Mill Road from East Wallings Road to Lacey Lane in Broadview Heights: $250,000 from the county, $315,679 from Broadview Heights.Sheldon Road from Eastland Road to Harrow Road in Brook Park and Middleburg Heights: $250,000 from the county, $391,803 from Brook Park and Middleburg Heights.Edgerton Road from Bennett Road to Ridge Road in North Royalton: $250,000 from the county, $380,827 from North Royalton.

The county works in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency to plan road and bridge improvements.

In other action council:

1. Approved paying a total of $4.5 million to three East Cleveland men who served two decades in prison for murder convictions that were later overturned.

The settlement will resolve claims made by Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and Derrick Wheatt against the county and former county prosecutors Carmen Marino and Deborah Naiman.

The three men were convicted in the 1995 death of Clifton Hudson and were released from prison in 2015, when a judge granted new trials based on new information.

The proposed settlement is the product of negotiations that have taken place over the past few weeks. It will only cover claims made against the county, Marino and Naiman, according to Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Ryan Miday. It will not resolve claims the trio made against East Cleveland and its detectives.

According to the settlement each man will receive $1.5 million.

Cuyahoga County set to pay $4.5 million to three East Cleveland men freed on overturned murder convictions

2. Introduced a resolution to provide a $2 million Economic Development Fund loan to Project 29 Partners, LLC. The company plans to spend $56.9 million to develop and construct the Church & State project at the intersection of West 29th Street and Detroit Avenue in Ohio City.

Plans call for two mixed-use buildings featuring 158 residential units, with 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, parking, bike-storage space, and public space. The project is expected create 40 retail jobs.

The 25-year loan is at a 3 percent interest rate. It was referred to the Economic Development Committee.