September 2, 2014

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North Ridgeville Council moves forward on Center Ridge Road widening project

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city moved closer to the long-anticipated widening of Center Ridge Road with City Council’s approval Monday night of legislation to set millage for a bond issue to cover the city’s share of the project.

Council authorized a resolution to have the county auditor’s office determine the millage that will be needed to generate $8 million in bonds to cover the city’s portion of the projected $55.4 million project.

Mayor David Gillock said the measure represents a major step in a 20-year chain of events to widen a 2.3-mile section of the city’s major east-west thoroughfare.

“We’re at a critical point in the process,” Gillock said, noting that required engineering design work is nearing completion, and letters detailing needed land acquisition are about to be mailed to property owners along both sides of the road.

Based on estimates, a bond issue totaling .86 mills will be needed to generate the $8 million to cover the city’s 12 percent share of costs, which includes an estimated $12.5 million for improvements to a portion of Lear-Nagle Road.

Gillock said the bond issue is projected to cost owners of a home valued at $100,000 approximately $30.10 a year in additional taxes.

The bond issue is expected to appear on the May 6 ballot.

The city’s actual share for the road improvements is set closer to $6.6 million, but the $8 million includes funds for contingencies in the event the city’s portion of costs runs higher.

“This authorizes us to borrow up to $8 million,” Gillock said.

Bonds are expected to be paid over 20 years, with the city’s debt service projected to be about $600,000, according to City Auditor Chris Costin.

The major portion of costs to widen Center Ridge between Stoney Ridge and Lear-Nagle roads from three to five lanes will come from state and federal money.

The stretch is regarded as one of the city’s most-congested and accident-prone traffic zones with more than 300 accidents occurring along the stretch between 2007 and 2009.

The high number of accidents led Ohio Department of Transportation officials to designate the widening a top priority.

The Lear-Nagle work would widen it to three lanes from Center Ridge to Lorain roads, with intersections expanded at Lorain and Cook roads to make them safer.

Construction bids are expected to go out on the Lear-Nagle project in June 2015 while those for the Center Ridge widening are now set to go out in October 2016, with work set to begin in 2017.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

  • Macdaddyoh

    REPLACING CRACKED BRIDGES. TEARING DOWN PERFECTLY GOOD SCHOOL BUILDINGS. ADDING LANES TO CENTER RIDGE….WHAT ABOUT SEWERS ON ROUTE 83 NORTH OF CENTER RIDGE ROAD MR.GILOCK? PRETTY REDICULOUS I STILL HAVE MY WASTE PUMPED THEN DUMPED AND ITS 2014…. HOW ABOUT 83 & MILLS ROAD? WHY NO FUNDS TO EASE TRAFFIC THERE? YOU APPROVED THE HOUSING AND BUSINESS ON THE SW CORNER. LET ME GUESS, IT WAS THE TAX DOLLARS YOU THOUGHT OF, NOT HOW MUCH CONGESTION IT WOULD BRING?

    • reallyoldfarts

      “PERFECTLY GOOD SCHOOL BUILDINGS”? What rock have you been sleeping under?
      You should be thankful that you have to pay for your waste to be pumped. If you had to hook up to sewer, you be paying thousands for hook-up plus tap-in fees…not to mention a constant $35 or so/month fee. I’d live on Center Ridge and had to hook up about 10 years ago. Still paying for it. (Looking forward to my road widening though…)

    • Macdaddyoh

      Did you insinuate me being a bug or a reptile that sleeps under a rock? Humans don’t live under rocks. Are you stupid or something? (i should have know, you’re from NR)

      I went there in the 80′s. The building is concrete block, tile and steel. RENOVATE! You don’t tear down 100 year old houses, prisons and office buildings because the city can’t estimate the sewer size correctly. Fire the city engineer for crying out loud. Cleveland Browns stadium puked up 1000′s of gallons of waste a couple years back, they didn’t rip down the stadium. It’s small change to renovate CORRECTLY. You would have a brand new school at 1/2 the price. Leaving needed money for that loser football field and loser football team. BTW, whens the last time you had to hold off taking a dump due to your sewer not working? NEVER!! Septic tanks SURPRISE YOU when over loaded! This in itself will prevent anyone from having a good bowel movement. Typical removal is $195 each time, plus dig out time @ 2x per year.

      Now tell me “really stupid old farts from NR” what would you like to have “septic” or “sewer”?.

  • GreatRedeemer

    That’s a lot of money to widen a road for congestion. Not much business up, there a lot of closed stores and offices.

  • John Q. Taxpayer

    What happened to developing the west end of center ridge? We ran sewers down there to entice business and to redevelop the old shopping center and it still sits there as an eye sore. Instead the Mayor wants to add more empty store fronts at Rt. 20 & 83. Meanwhile the streets in town are falling apart and haven’t been repaved in years. At least the repair shops will have work repairing all the damage from the potholes.