Chester Road Relocation Could Cost $2.9 Million

If approved, city would foot 10 percent of the bill to "realign" Chester and 611.

A misaligned intersection resulting in a high number of accidents may get corrected if the city of Avon is awarded grant money to move Chester Road several hundred feet to the west to align with Recreation Lane, City Engineer Rob Knopf said.

Council passed an ordinance last week to allow Avon to enter into an agreement with Bramhall Engineering and Surveying Company.

Currently, Chester Road ends on the western part of Avon on a busy State Route 611 (Colorado Avenue), near the entrance and exit ramps to I-90. To the west is Recreation Lane, which leads to the newer recreation area including All-Pro Freight Stadium.

Earlier this year, Avon began reviewing information from the Ohio Department of Transportation, including accident statistics that indicated the Chester Road/611 intersection was one of the top in the state for accidents. At the time it was ranked 13th; it has since moved up to the ninth worst intersection.

“That’s four places higher than the year before,” Knopf said.

The project is expected to cost approximately $2.9 million, but Knopf said the city would be responsible for 10 percent of the total cost, with the balance coming from grant funding. Last week’s ordinance approved transferring  $255,000 from the general fund to the Chester Road Relocation Fund.

Knopf said he’s heard discussions that the city was looking to “square” the intersection and that it was cheaper to move Recreation Lane, than Chester.

While that might be accurate, Chester Road is in an ODOT zone and would be eligible for a state grant.

Knopf said the project is still in preliminary stages and if the city receives funding and the project moves forward, the road's relocation could be complete by the end of 2014.

“Chester (realigned) would have two left-turn lanes and one combination straight and right-turn lane,” Knopf said.

440patty October 09, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Save the 2.9 million dollars - leave it alone!
Avon-Laker October 09, 2012 at 12:29 PM
It's a shame they didn't line those roads up when they installed Recreation Lane a few years ago. Is there any reason they didn't do it right the first time?
Pam October 09, 2012 at 01:42 PM
So your saying wait until someone dies before doing this?
Glen Heitkamp October 09, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I agree with Avon-Laker, why were the roads not originally lined up, does anyone know? If the roads could not be lined up due to property ownership concerns than why was eminent domain not used? Stuff like this scenario gives government a bad name, the City of Avon engineering lack of foresight and I wish the $2.9 million could have been used for education or a city pool. :(
Phil McCracken October 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Pam- I think you're putting words into Patty's mouth.
Jim Lloyd October 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Get rid of this guy. He's wasting our money. If this is his last term he needs to look the other way on this deal.
Jeff October 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Didn't they just put that road in last summer? I agree, it should have somehow been put through directly across from Chester, just as the other end of Recreation Lane is directly across from Miller Rd.
lyn October 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Waste of $2.9 mil. If a problem or hazard, put Recreation Lane where it should have been. Fix the cause of the problem and don't burden the taxpayers with your mistakes. Just because it makes it eligible for state grant doesn't mean it should be done. It just further proves waste of funds and poor planning.
AMH October 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I doubt you'd say that if you were involved in one of the MANY accidents at that intersection. Too bad though, that hindsight didn't adjust this when they were laying Recreation Ln.
lake swimmer October 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM
the problem is not recreation lane... the problem is Chester and its proximity to the entrance/exit ramps of I-90... this was a problem long before the existence of recreation lane.
Glen Heitkamp October 12, 2012 at 09:25 PM
The article says "Knopf said he’s heard discussions that the city was looking to “square” the intersection and that it was cheaper to move Recreation Lane, than Chester. While that might be accurate, Chester Road is in an ODOT zone and would be eligible for a state grant." If Knopf said this statement then why does the article not say it was an ineffective solution? I think once they heard state money then they went for the more costly solution.
Eva Cyrus October 15, 2012 at 05:57 AM
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Catherine Alford October 17, 2012 at 07:22 AM
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Bonnie John December 14, 2012 at 08:01 AM
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