Fairview Park: Lorain Road

Photo by Kevin Kelley

Construction equipment and pipes sit on the north side of Lorain Road as part of a gas line replacement project.

One lane on the north side of Lorain Road is closed to traffic while Dominion Energy replaces gas lines between West 221st Street and the North Olmsted border.

The work will continue until about July 20, Fairview Park Service Director Shawn Leininger said. Then work to replace gas lines on the south side of Lorain will start and last for four more weeks, he said.

The $1.6 million project, which began June 24, will replace more than 7,200 feet of pipe, some of which dates to the 1920s, said Dominion spokesman Neil Durbin.

The gas line project will be followed almost immediately by a $1 million streetscape project on Lorain that will extend from West 221st Street to the North Olmsted border. Work is scheduled to begin later this month, first on the north side, then on the south side, with completion expected by the end of October, Leininger said.

The project will replace broken sidewalks and enhance crosswalks. Tree lawns consisting of concrete, which is often dilapidated, will be replaced with grass, trees and shrubs.

Grants awarded by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and the Ohio Department of Transportation will cover $881,977 of the project’s cost. Fairview Park will pay $156,700 in a match for the NOACA grant. The Perk Co., based in Cleveland, has been awarded the streetscape contract.

Kevin Kelly is a freelance writer in North Olmsted.

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