East College road work to start in September

By Laurie Hamame - lhamame@aimmediamidwest.com

The start date for a huge construction effort on East College and Pleasant streets is set for Sept. 11.

Oberlin city council has agreed to pay $375,000 to Chagrin Valley Paving of Chagrin Falls to complete the project.

Contractors have yet to submit a traffic control plan, but public works director Jeff Baumann said it shouldn’t be too disruptive because only one lane will close at a time.

The work on East College Street will begin at Main Street and continue east to Park Street, approximately a quarter mile. Seven parallel parking spaces will be added along the north curb lawn of East College between Pleasant and Willard Court to serve retail customers and the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Complex.

When finished, there will be a nine-foot parallel parking zone and new 14-foot travel lanes in both directions.

Fresh asphalt will also be added on the roadway.

To maximize available space, Oberlin College has agreed to the elimination of its East College Street driveway to the Charles Martin Hall House since this property also has access from North Pleasant Street, Baumann said.

The hump on the center line of East College and Pleasant streets can cause problems, he said. To eliminate them, about 120 feet of curb at the southeast corner will be removed and replaced at proper elevations to create a smoother driving surface.

Baumann said the excavation work on the curb will be a little problematic for traffic flow, but drivers shouldn’t worry.

Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.

By Laurie Hamame