Area residents will see two major road projects begin in June on Cedar and County Line roads and can expect road closures for several months. The projects span Hunting Valley and Gates Mills villages in addition to Russell Township.
A $1.2 million resurfacing project is set to begin on Cedar from SOM Center to Chagrin River roads this coming Monday. The section of Cedar from SOM to Woodstock roads is in Hunting Valley and Gates Mills. Cuyahoga County will fund 80 percent of that project, equivalent to $960,000.
The remaining 20 percent of the cost will be split between the two villages, Hunting Valley Service Director Don Cunningham said. This leaves Hunting Valley and Gates Mills each paying $120,000. The road will be resurfaced and widened from 18 feet to 24 feet, according to Hunting Valley Village Engineer Joe Ciuni.
The project extends from Woodstock to Chagrin River Road, which is only in Hunting Valley. This section of the road will cost the village an additional $600,000, according to Mr. Cunningham. Hunting Valley applied for a grant from the county for this portion of Cedar, but was turned down. This portion of Cedar will only be resurfaced but not widened, Mr. Cunningham said, and work crews will replace curbs as needed.
Gates Mills Service Director Dave Biggert said that the anticipated end date for the shared section of Cedar Road is Sept. 7. Mr. Cunningham said that he expects Hunting Valley’s share of the road work to be completed in October. He said that residents will receive a letter detailing the project. Drivers will be directed to use detours on SOM Center Road, Fairmount Boulevard and Chagrin River Road, according to the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works.
Mr. Cunningham said that message boards were posted at both ends of Cedar last week to inform the motoring public of the upcoming construction. He is also advising residents to sign up for Code Red, a village notification system, to receive emails and text messages with project updates.
“[Code Red] will work out the best,” he said. “The project is always a moving target.”
Construction on County Line Road is set to begin on June 10. From the municipal boundary between Hunting Valley and Gates Mills south to Whisperwood Drive, County Line is shared between Hunting Valley and Russell. That project costs $3.2 million, and the village will cover $1.8 million while the township will pay $1.4 million, Mr. Cunningham said. Bids went out through Russell and Hunting Valley is reimbursing the township. Trax Construction won the bid for County Line, he added.
The County Line project is to reconstruct the road, including stabilizing the road with cement, repaving and removing steep embankments. Mr. Cunningham said that the road will also be widened, right-of-way areas will be redefined with proper drainage and there will be new signage.
A portion of County Line from Whisperwood Drive to South Woodland (Route 87) is only in Hunting Valley, and the project on that part of the road will cost the village $700,000, Mr. Cunningham said. Four retaining walls will also be constructed there as part of the project. In various places, the speed limit will be reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph. Mr. Cunningham expects the County Line Road project to be completed in mid-December.
During construction, Cedar and County Line will be under a complete closure, meaning that only local traffic and emergency vehicles may enter.