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ADVISORY: Wright Road Bridge closure and traffic pattern change


Copley Township, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, would like to alert residents and motorists about an upcoming closure of the Wright Road Bridge, just west of Collier Road in Copley Township. The bridge will be closed from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, August 25th to convert the bridge into a one-lane facility. Detour routes will be posted.

When the bridge reopens, drivers should use caution when approaching the one-lane bridge. The vehicle closest to the bridge has the right of way. The County will also be installing signage and electronic message boards to inform motorists how to navigate the bridge.

The detour route will go from Collier Road to State Route 162 to Jacoby Road. All work is subject to inclement weather. 



Surface Water Management District


Please find documents below regarding the Surface Water Management District proposal. 


2016 Annual Report


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Speed Limit Changes in Cuyahoga Valley National Park


Akron, Ohio–Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker would like to alert motorists that effective April 4, 2017, 35 mph is the prima fascia speed limit for all County highways within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The speed of vehicles has long been a safety issue within the park where pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists comingle with motor vehicles along curvy and hilly county highways. The change in speed limits was authorized by House Bill 455 and enhances safety for the 2.5 million annual visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The previous prima fascia speed limit was 55 mph in the unincorporated portions of the National Park.

The last thing park visitors wish to encounter while enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of a national park are vehicles speeding along at 55 mph or greater past the many hikers, bikers, and horseback riders using the trails throughout the park. “While drivers, riders and pedestrians will still need to use common care and caution within the park, at least we will now be able to post the county’s park roads at a more reasonable speed limit,” Mr. Brubaker said.

While many National Parks have speed limits established by the park commissioner, the roadways within Cuyahoga Valley National Park are the responsibility of the State, County, Townships, and Cities and therefore their speed limits are governed by the Ohio Revised Code. This revision to the Ohio Revised Code will only affect County Highways since the Township Highways within the Park are already posted at 35 mph or less and the prima fascia speed limit within municipalities is already 35 mph.

Mr. Brubaker stated that this speed limit change will also have positive economic and environmental impacts. Setting a standard speed limit will minimize the need for costly speed reduction studies. In addition, the Federal Highway Administration requires different designs for high speed roads when utilizing federal funds to make highway improvements. The 35 mph speed limit will greatly reduce the need for expensive and environmentally damaging roadway alignment modifications. The dollars that would otherwise be used flattening the hills and smoothing the curves can be used to improve the safety of the highway facilities for all park users by providing paved shoulders for pedestrians, cyclists, and hikers to avoid vehicular traffic.

In 2015 it was reported that the tourists visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park created a $144 million dollar benefit to the area. A safer speed limit will make the National Park a more enjoyable tourist destination and create a positive economic impact in Northeast Ohio. The Ohio General Assembly is commended for making this change a reality.

Affected roadways:

Valley View Roadfrom the Cuyahoga County line to Chaffee Road

Chaffee Roadfrom SR 82 to Valley View Road

Highland Roadfrom Cuyahoga County line to Boyden Road

Brandywine Roadfrom Highland Road to Boston Heights corporate line

Riverview Roadfrom Cuyahoga County line to Peninsula corporate line

Boston Mills Roadfrom Black Road to Riverview Road

Boston Mills Roadfrom Richfield corporate line to Black Road

Columbia Roadfrom Black Road to Riverview Road

Black Road from SR 303 to Columbia Road

Brush Roadfrom Richfield corporate line to Black Road

Townsend Roadfrom Cuyahoga County line to Richfield corporate line

Wheatley Roadfrom Revere Road to Everett Connector

Revere Roadfrom Everett Road to Wheatley Road

Everett Roadfrom Revere Road to Everett Connector

Everett Connectorfrom Everett Road to Wheatley Road

Everett Roadfrom Everett Connector to Riverview Road

Riverview Roadfrom Cuyahoga Falls corporate line to Peninsula Village corporate line

Akron-Peninsula Roadfrom Cuyahoga Falls corporate line to Peninsula Village corporate line

Northampton Roadfrom Akron-Peninsula Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Quick Road from Akron-Peninsula Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Kendall Park/Truxell Roadfrom Akron-Peninsula Road to Akron-Cleveland Road

Ira Roadfrom Kemery Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Bath Roadfrom Shade Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Yellow Creek Roadfrom S. Revere Road to Cuyahoga Falls corporate line

Sand Run Roadfrom Akron corporate line to Yellow Creek Road


2017 Miniature Bridge Building Competition Results


Akron, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, hosted the 17th Annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition on February 24, 2017 at the Summit County Fairgrounds. Thirty-six teams from 19 area high schools built miniature bridges of their own designs, made out of balsa wood and according to strict guidelines. Springfield High School Team 1 came in first place by constructing a bridge that held 115.6 pounds.  Western Reserve Academy Team 1 claimed the second spot and Springfield High School Team 2 came in third place. Portage Lakes Career Center Team 2 won the Aesthetics Award and Manchester High School Team 1 was runner up. 

The competition is designed to encourage high school students to implement scientific and mathematical principles they have learned in the classroom.  Along with Engineer Alan Brubaker, eighteen engineering consulting firms co-sponsor the annual event and offer scholarship opportunities for competition participants who choose a career in civil engineering.  AECOM/URS, Inc., Arcadis, Burgess & Niple, CT Consultants, DLZ , E.L. Robinson, Environmental Design Group, Euthenics, Jones-Stuckey Ltd./Pennoni Associates, ljb, inc, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Mott Mac Donald , ms consultants, Osborn Engineering, Prime A.E. Engineering, Richland Engineering, Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, and Thrasher Engineering were the participating consulting firms this year. Representatives from all eighteen firms were on board with displays, handouts, and words of encouragement to help bridge the gap from applied bridge design to a real life professional career in the field. Professional engineers from the Summit County Engineer’s Office were also busy circulating among the students to cheer them on while teams competed to build the winning bridge.

After about three hours of construction, the bridges were brought up on stage to be load tested until their ultimate demise. Bridge after bridge broke under the increased weight hanging from the center of the bridges. The winning team members from Springfield High School Team 1 are Matthew Jordan, Bri Miller, and Colin Leporis. They were rewarded with a trophy and cash prizes for their impressive efforts. Second place winners from Western Reserve Academy are Peter Campanelli, Matthew Groll, and Alexander Wayne. Aesthetics Award winners from Portage Lakes Career Center are Hunter Bonk, Dylan DeHarpart, and Daniel Birchfield. 


Vanderhoof Road Bridge Proposed Replacement Advisory


New Franklin, Ohio– The Summit County Engineer's Office has obtained a County Engineer’s Association of Ohio (CEAO) grant for the replacement of the existing Vanderhoof Road Bridge over the Tuscarawas River located in the City of New Franklin between Van Buren Road and Grove Road.  The existing bridge, built in 1929, is an 82 feet long single span, through girder, with a deck that is 27 feet wide and carries approximately 3,300 vehicles per day.

The CEAO grant will pay for 80% of the estimated $785,000 project with the Summit County Engineer’s share of the Motor Vehicle Gas Tax paying the remaining 20%. The engineering firm Jones Stuckey, A Division of Pennoni, is designing the improvement. Right-of-way will be acquired from two adjacent property owners later this year, and the project will be constructed in 2017. The bridge will be closed during construction and traffic will be detoured along Van Buren Road, Center Road, and Manchester Road. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.  The replacement bridge will be located on the same alignment as the existing bridge, it will be slightly higher to permit the passage of 100 year storm events, and will be 32 feet wide to accommodate two 12 foot wide lanes with 4 foot wide shoulders on each side. The new bridge will be approximately 104 feet long to avoid any in river work during construction. The duration of the closure is 120 days. 

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.  Environmental studies have tested and identified low levels of pesticide in project soils.  For your information, the test results may be obtained by contacting Joseph Paradise, P.E., of the Summit County Engineer's Office This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


2017 Regional Pavement Maintenance Program


The Summit County Engineer’s Office (SCE) will be heading up a Regional Pavement Maintenance Program for 2017. 

We would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss this regional approach to pavement maintenance.  The meeting will be at 9:30 AM, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at our Main Office (Maintenance Garage).

We are inviting all those responsible for maintaining public roads (cities, villages, townships, park systems) in Summit County to join us.  We will be administering a program of common pavement maintenance activities.  We will combine the proposed work of participating entities into a single contract that this office will then advertise and manage.  Our goal is to use economy of scale and standardized specifications to increase the cost effectiveness of the funds we all spend maintaining our roads.

Projects for 2017:

-          Hot Mix Paving for the north half of the County

-          Hot Mix Paving for the south half of the County

-          Seal Coat and Motor Paving

-          Asphalt Rejuvenation

-          Spot Paving

-          Pavement Marking

-          Asphalt Crack Sealing

-          Concrete Road Repair including Miscellaneous Concrete Work (Curb, Gutter, Sidewalks, Drive Approaches)

Possible Addition:

-          Culvert Replacement

The tentative schedule for this program is as follows:

-          12/7/17 -  Kick-off Meeting at SCE Office

-          2/3/17 - Legislation authorizing direct pay, participation in program, and availability of funds due to SCE

-          2/10/17 - Scope of work due to SCE

-          2/24/17 and 3/3/16 - Advertise

-          3/17/17 - Open bids

-          4/20/17 - Council Approval

-          4/24/16 to 4/28/16 - Process contracts and hold pre-construction meetings

-          5/8/16 - Start Work

Last year, we combined 34 individual projects from 14 political sub-divisions into 9 contracts that totaled over $4.7 million.

For questions regarding the inter-agency agreements, the schedule, and program issues of a general nature, the specific work types we plan on contracting and other technical questions, please contact Sam Ross ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


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