We have seen many snowy days since the beginning of 2010, and I’d like to thank the Sheffield Village Service Department for its amazing job in always keeping our streets clear and safe.

With spring just around the corner, it can only mean that road construction and orange barrels can’t be far away. The widening of Colorado Avenue (SR 611) is at no cost to the Village thanks to Lorain County Commissioners Betty Blair, Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski and County Engineer Ken Carney. With the help of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Director of District 3 John Hart, we were able to secure stimulus dollars to pay the $5.2 million for the 3.2-mile project. The project would be widening Colorado Avenue (SR 611) to three lanes from Abbe Road (SR 301) to Root Road in Lorain with new stop lights at Lake Breeze Road and Colorado Avenue (SR 611) and at Harris Road and Colorado Avenue (SR 611). This project also includes an 8- to 10-foot bike and walk path on the south side of Colorado Avenue (SR 611) from Harris Road to the Lorain Park Connector Bridge. Construction is to be underway by March 22, with an expected completion date of Nov. 1.

INTERSECTION REVAMPED

A second project involves funding from a safety grant through the state of Ohio for $320,000 for a new stoplight system and new turning lanes going north on Abbe turning west on Colorado (SR 611). Thanks to the efforts of our state legislators Matt Lundy, Joe Koziura, Sue Morano and ODOT’s Hart, there will not be any additional costs to the Village. This project is to be completed in the fall.

SHEETZ

Construction is underway on the northeast corner of Detroit and Abbe Roads where a new Sheetz gas station, convenience store, car wash and fast food restaurant will be located with hopes of completion by early summer. The Sheetz service station will only be using 2.4 acres of the 6-plus acres that have been secured. The new property owners are diligently trying to attract new businesses to fill the additional acreage.

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE FAMILY PRIDE DAY

Sheffield Village Family Pride Day is open to the public and will be held this year from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the French Creek Nature Center at 4530 Colorado Ave. We will be honoring veterans in a special ceremony who have so proudly served and protected us. Major sponsors of this event are Lorain County Community College, KeyBank, French Creek Nature Center, TrueNorth and Village of Sheffield.

BRIANNE McLAUGHLIN,

UNITED STATES OLYMPIAN

We are very proud to be the hometown to goalie Brianne McLaughlin who was part of the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team that took the silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Please log onto our Web site www.sheffieldvillage.com or Time Warner Channel 21 for a special event honoring her.

Sheffield Village Mayor John D. Hunter writes a bi-monthly column for The Press.

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