Friday, April 5, 2013
City approves conceptual plan for civic area in Crocker Park.
Crocker Park got the go-ahead to add more “play space” to the area, when the city’s Planning Commission approved a conceptual plan for Market Square & Crocker Commons. Jack Bialosky of Bialosky + Partners presented a PowerPoint presentation to Planning Commission members that when completed, shows a J-shaped area that is flexible enough to build an outdoor concert area, ice-skating rink, farmers market or even an outdoor gallery in the space between Market and Vine streets. Half of the space would have a flexible-use hardscape while the other half would be green space for those looking to relax or simply throw a Frisbee. “You could imagine perhaps food trucks in this space, perhaps a carnival,” Bialosky said. “And plenty of room on the …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Repairs to intersection mean shifting traffic patterns for next two day.
Westlake Service Dept. will be repairing the Dover Center Road - Hilliard Boulevard intersection. Drivers should prepare for a change in traffic patterns. The Westlake Police Department released the amended patterns: Tuesday, April 2: 8 a.m. -8 p.m.* Southbound Dover Center traffic will be shifted into the left turn lane to go through the intersection. There will be no left turn onto Hilliard; signs will be placed in advance of the intersection to alert drivers of the restriction. The westbound curb lane and bike lane of Hilliard will also be closed; one westbound lane will remain open. Wednesday April 3: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.* Southbound Dover Center traffic will be shifted into the left turn lane to go through the intersection. There will …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Hot, dry spring and summer create a lot of dust, but the work goes on.
Construction of the new Westlake High School is on schedule thanks to more cooperative weather this year. The wet spring of 2011 set construction back a bit, but has not been an issue this year. David Puffer, director of construction projects for Westlake City Schools, said the new middle school and high school are both still on schedule. With school in session, the builders have made some accommodations to avoid disrupting the school environment, Puffer said. "I’ve heard no complaints from either Westlake High School and Lee Burneson Middle School," Puffer said in an email. "Delivery trucks & large equipment are prohibited from entering or exiting both sites during a.m. drop off and p.m. pickup times." He said the district and Turner …
Friday, January 13, 2012
The bad weather has caused difficulties that have eaten into the contingency funds, but the projects are on time.
The Westlake City Schools building projects are still on schedule, despite last year's record-breaking rainfall. The wet weather has made the going rough though, and the district has had to spend some of the projects' contingency funds. To date, 40 percent of the contingency money set aside for the high school and 44 percent of the contingency for the middle school have been spent, said Bob Teitenberg with Turner Construction. "We do get concerned when we use the contingency," said Westlake City Schools Superintendent Dan Keenan. "Some of these things are the reason you have a contingency... The big concern always with new builds is when you're working with the site work. That's when the expectation is that you'll make the great majority …
Friday, January 6, 2012
The Ohio Department of Transportation will construct two right turn lanes to alleviate traffic congestion.
The Ohio Department of Transportation will be adding two right turn lanes at the Crocker and Bassett roads interchange with Interstate 90 to alleviate traffic congestion in 2013. On Thursday night, city council members gave ODOT approval to build two right turn lanes, one for traffic turning right onto I-90 West from Crocker Road, and the other on the I-90 West exit ramp onto Crocker and Bassett roads. The entire cost of the project, which ODOT estimates to be about $778,000, will be funded by the state. The city will only pay for preliminary studies and engineering, with ODOT footing the cost of construction. The turn lanes are only part of the larger Clemens Road Relocation project, which is also scheduled for 2013. Plans are to build a …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Ohio Department of Transportation will fund the project, beginning in 2013.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has plans to renovate the Detroit Road bridge over Sperry Creek. ODOT crews will be replacing the superstructure of the concrete box beam bridge, located just west of Clague Road, in January of 2013. The entire cost of the $865,000 project will be funded by ODOT. "It's their bridge— and they're doing some replacement," said Mayor Dennis Clough. "They're responsible for any of the bridges over the freeways or connected with it." The city of Westlake would have to pay for any additional features deemed unnecessary by the state, but administrators are not expecting to include any extra work. Work is scheduled to begin Jan. 4, 2013, according to ODOT. City administrators are hoping the work will be …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Crews will be paving the street, detour on Columbia Road
Dover Center Road will be closed to northbound traffic north of Detroit Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 for paving, according to the Westlake Police Department. Southbound traffic will still be allowed. Drivers will be directed to the detour on Columbia Road. In an effort to relieve traffic congestions, the city is widening the intersection on Detroit Road from two lanes to four, with a turn lane. When completed, the newly constructed portion of Detroit will feature two eastbound and westbound lanes, plus a turning lane.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Turner Construction is laying the groundwork for renovations at the school.
Despite the rainy weather, Turner Construction is moving forward with the work on Westlake High School. Crews have been leveling the ground for further construction.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Crews are laying down pavement on the north side of the road, causing some backups on Detroit Road.
Workers are laying down pavement on the north side of Detroit Road near Dover Center Road, and the large equipment is causing backups from time to time. To avoid the congestion travelling westbound, try turning onto Canterbury Road and head to Hilliard Boulevard. Travelling eastbound, try taking Settlers Reserve Way to Hilliard Boulevard.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Members voted three to two to accept a construction bid for the new middle school.
The Westlake school board was divided on spending again Monday night as members deliberated on a construction bid to build the new middle school. Officials voted three to two to accept a $2,377,500 bid from Great Lakes Crushing. Board President Tom Mays, Vice President Carol Winter and member Andrea Rocco voted to accept the bid at the work session held at Holly Lane Elementary School, while members Tim Sullivan and Nate Cross objected, saying that the bid was too high, and raising concerns about what will happen when the $84 million budget for Phase I of the Master Facilities plan runs out. Sullivan objected to what he called a “lack of foresight” when the bond issue went on the ballot in May of last year. “When we were telling the public…