PEPPER PIKE — Sidewalks could be added to a portion of Chagrin Boulevard and Brainard Road for about $220,000 to promote pedestrian use and improve safety.

Mayor Richard Bain explained that many pedestrians, often heading toward the restaurants and offices, walk in the street heading east and west on Chagrin Boulevard between Lander Circle and the Pepper Pike municipal boundary with Woodmere Village.

“It’s a safety issue,” he said at the April 8 Roads, Infrastructure and Safety Committee meeting.

City Engineer Don Sheehy said that the portion of Chagrin Boulevard that needs a sidewalk is about 2,500 feet and would cost $135,000.

Mayor Bain also proposed adding sidewalks to a portion of Brainard Road from the entrance to the Sterling Lakes housing development heading southeast to the municipal boundary with Woodmere. He said that over the last eight years, residents have suggested sidewalks in this area.

“We have a dense population of hundreds of homes that sit in the Sterling Lakes area,” he said. “There are moms with strollers and people walking.”

The mayor said that sidewalks would make this area of the city more pedestrian-friendly. According to Mr. Sheehy, this project comes at a cost of about $85,000 for nearly 2,000 feet of sidewalk.

Mayor Bain emphasized that he does not plan to add pedestrian walkways to the entire city.

“This is not an effort to sidewalk Pepper Pike,” he said. “This is a strategic area, it is beneficial but has a low impact, and it will accomplish a lot.”

Mr. Sheehy added that the city has a pedestrian connection to Village Square on Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere, but noted that some storefronts remain empty at that site. Eton Chagrin Boulevard shopping center also in Woodmere attracts many people on foot, he said, and Pepper Pike officials are looking for a better connection to that high-end retail district.

“This will afford that entire part of the city the ability to walk to Eton and to just walk around,” the mayor said. “It will be very worthwhile to the residents.”

According to Mayor Bain, the city does not have enough equipment or manpower to plow the proposed sidewalks on Chagrin Boulevard and Brainard Road during the winter season. The city would handle other general maintenance on the walkways.

Mr. Sheehy said that the sidewalks would be concrete and would be 6 feet wide if they are against the curb and 5 feet wide if there is a treelawn.

The committee also reviewed the 2019 road plan, which includes work on 12 roads in the city for a total cost of about $1.6 million. Some of the major thoroughfares in the city are included on the list, such as concrete repairs at a cost of $25,000 on Cedar Road from Interstate 271 to Lander Road.

The city also is working to enhance the traffic pattern on Lander Circle with Chagrin Boulevard and Pinetree Road this summer by adding yield signs, islands and sidewalks for a price tag of $470,000. Other residential streets that require various repairs include Hunting Hollow Drive for $400,000, Fox Hollow Drive for $189,000 and Hickory Lane for $115,000. The committee recommended the 2019 road plan to council for approval.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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