There’s a proposal in the works to widen a portion of State Route 82.
But right now, it’s just a proposal.
City council learned of the plan on Tuesday, but the project is still several years out.
Officials applied the project for funding through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, for Transportation Improvement Program dollars. NOACA obtained about half of the $1.4 million for right-of-way acquisition.
But right now, there’s no funding for engineering, specifications and designs.
“The planning should begin in the next couple years,” said Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby. “The first is issue is where are we going to come up with the money for design.”
“There is no money for plans.”
The project includes widening State Route 82 in Broadview Heights, from Treeworth Boulevard to downtown Broadview Heights, but Brecksville has got a stake in the roadway — about a third.
“Everyone should understand that there is no expectation of construction (to begin) in 2017 to 2019,” Hruby told council. “At some point we’re going to have to consider what Brecksville will contribute to the project.”
He pointed out that the widening of SR 82 is a separate proposal for a new interchange at Interstate 77 in Broadview Heights.
“Some people are confusing the two projects,” Hruby added.