Streetsboro is looking to improve sections of state Route 303

Streetsboro City Council authorized city staff to apply for funds to improve traffic at the intersection of state Route 303, state Route 14 and Ranch Road.

They hope the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) will provide money to install a traffic signal there. 

The westbound slip lane that connects state Route 303 to state Route 14 will be closed as well. Total project cost is $645,433, according to an ordinance passed by council.

The city also hopes for funds to build a center two-way left turn lane along the state Route 303 corridor between state Route 14 and Page Road. The idea, according to the ordinance, is to improve capacity and safety, which in turn will reduce hydrocarbon emissions and therefore improve the region’s air quality. Sidewalks will be installed on both sides of state Route 303 between Mount Vernon Drive and Page Road.

The project will be limited to the state Route 303 corridor, plus the required roadway construction to tie the proposed improvements to the existing roads. Total cost is $4.9 million.

Even if the AMATS funds materialize, Streetsboro would be responsible for at least 20% of the total project costs.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.