ELYRIA — The Ohio Public Works Commission has awarded nearly $4.9 million in funding to 27 road projects throughout Lorain County.
The projects, which range from bridge deck replacements to drainage upgrades to simple road resurfacing projects, total about $12.6 million in improvements to the county’s roads.
“The purpose of this is to rehabilitate the existing infrastructure,” county Engineer Ken Carney said.
Lorain County splits its public works money with Huron and Medina counties, but Carney said Lorain County took in the bulk of the money this year.
“I’m quite proud we had more projects in Lorain County than the other two combined,” he said.
The city of Lorain, for instance, will receive $950,000 to fund road projects with a total price tag of $1.4 million, according to the list of projects. Carney said the resurfacing projects includes work on Kansas, Miami and Pearl avenues and West 37th, East 33rd and East 29th streets.
The county’s resurfacing project includes four roads, but the bulk of the money will be spent resurfacing Baumhart and Indian Hollow roads, Carney said. Work will also be done on Green and Ward roads in Henrietta Township.
The county plans to spend $513,000 on the projects, $456,000 of which will come from public works money.
But it’s not just the county and big cities getting money, Carney said.
In South Amherst, for instance, the village will get $162,000 that will pay for more than half of the reconstruction of Quarry Road.
“The road’s in miserable shape,” Carney said. “It needs to be resurfaced.”
Carney said the communities that received the grants will have two years to use the money, but he expects most, if not all, of the projects to be finished in 2008.
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