PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – Parma Heights is joining Middleburg Heights and Strongsville in the repaving of Pearl Road. Mayor Michael P. Byrne said the city’s portion for the 2019 or 2020 project will be roughly $1.5 million.
“Along with Middleburg Heights and Strongsville, we’re extremely excited to be awarded a NOACA grant for the two-phase project,” Byrne said. “The first phase will run from Strongsville to near the I-71 overpass and then Middleburg will take it from there to W. 130th.
“The second phase will go from the border between Middleburg Heights and Parma Heights, and run to just short of Snow Road.”
NOACA will cover 80 percent of the project, with the balance divided between the three cities based on the length of Pearl Road in their respective communities – Middleburg Heights (45 percent), Parma Heights (42 percent) and Strongsville (13 percent).
The Mayor said it’s been more than 15 years since Pearl Road was resurfaced.
“We have ponding on Pearl Road where there’s water standing from rainfall,” Byrne said. “So we’re going to do some work outside of the repaving regarding the drainage and the sewers to alleviate all of those issues.
“The issues will be addressed through new catch basins. This is the time to do it when Pearl Road will be all broken up.”
The Pearl Road repaving also includes the possibility of adding on-street parking to the busy street. The Mayor said business owners feel such an addition would make the area friendlier for shoppers.
“We also just had an update to our master plan that suggested maybe doing on-street parking,” Byrne said. “We’re going out this fall to apply for another grant that would give us an area on Pearl Road to create on-street parking.”
Something else on the city’s radar involves aesthetic changes for Pearl Road’s northern residential area using a previously awarded $256,000 NOACA grant. Once the repaving is completed, the plan is to create a raised median with plantings and trees, as well as a…