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Alan Brubaker releases statement on the condition of local roads and the proposed Highway Bill


Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker releases statement on the state of local roads and the proposed Highway Bill

Akron, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, stated the following:

“Two articles came across my desk today that highlight this country’s need for a better, sustainable, adequate way to fund infrastructure in America. The first was regarding the proposed Senate Highway Bill that will fund the Highway Trust Fund for six years. Initially I was very hopeful we could breathe a bit easier for the next six years and not worry about whether or not our projects using federal funding would have to be halted when funds dry up. Then I learned that the proposed legislation contains what could be called a “poison pill”. The bill pulls funding from several different sources, one of those sources being Social Security. Many members of the Senate and House have already condemned those measures. I am now less optimistic that we will have a full Highway Bill and instead will have yet another two month continuing resolution that will be nothing but an inadequate patch for our transportation system.

The second article is the urban road report issued from the national transportation research group TRIP titled “Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother”. The report ranks the Akron area 11th in the nation for percentage of roads considered in poor condition. While the Summit County Engineer’s Office has raised the pavement condition rating average on county roads in the last six years (the average county road is 65, on a scale of 1-100), this office has done so by making extreme cuts, doing less highway expansion projects and focusing primarily on maintenance and traffic safety.

The county highway system has improved because this office has found creative solutions to ensure that Summit County roads and bridges are safe and passable but we also see that a few years down the road funding will dry up. I’m proud of our collaborative regional pavement maintenance program meant to save Summit County and our communities money by bidding projects as one entity. We have paid off old debt and refinanced it in a way that the interest on that money went back to the county. We’ve reached out to townships and municipalities and formed partnerships on various projects, such as the joint grant application with Fairlawn for Cleveland-Massillon Road and many joint projects with the city of Akron. We also partnered with ODOT for Canton Road, securing money from various federal sources; however that funding will be in jeopardy if the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money. Similarly, we’ve also prioritized Arlington Road and improvements are currently in design. We’ve aggressively pursued outside funding from other federal entities, such as the Department of the Interior for county roads running through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, making great improvements to those roads and increasing our pavement condition rating average.

We are not immune to the cuts coming from Columbus and Washington. Due to a decrease in federal funding for roads in National Parks and a low vehicle per day count, we had to turn a portion of Everett Road back to gravel. A Boston Township road, Oak Hill, has been closed permanently due to a landslide and there are no funds to fix it. A landslide on Yellow Creek Road has one lane of traffic shut down and the fix will be in the neighborhood of $1.2 million dollars. We had to take South Main Street down to three lanes and it will remain that way until such time that funding becomes available to widen the roadway and replace the bridge over the feeder channel.

We have been able to make improvements during these last six years and weather the recession and rising salt and asphalt prices. Other counties and municipalities have not been so fortunate, and the current system is not sustainable for any of us.

The federal highway trust fund accounts for half the money the states get to fund their transportation systems. That money is then passed through the state to the local governments. There are no shortage of workable solutions that will fix the Highway Trust Fund. Some of them may be politically difficult but it needs to happen. Motorists need to be safe. Goods and services need to be able to move quickly and efficiently for the economy to thrive. This is critical and I call on Washington to work together to pass a bill that will fund infrastructure now and into the future.”


2015 Summer Roadwork


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2014 Annual Report


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2015 Miniature Bridge Building Competition Results!


Akron, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, hosted the 15th Annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition on February 27, 2015 in the Student Union at the University of Akron. Thirty-four teams from nineteen 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 86.1 pounds.  Coventry High School Team 1 claimed the second spot and Western Reserve Academy Team 1 came in 3rd place. Portage Lakes Career Center Team 1 won the Aesthetics Award. 


SCE Wins Quality Pavement Award


Akron, Ohio– The Summit County Engineer’s Riverview Road Resurfacing Project Phases 2 and 3 received a 2014 Quality Asphalt Paving Award from Flexible Pavements of Ohio. The award is given out to recognize excellence in asphalt construction. Only thirteen local road or street projects constructed in 2014 were chosen to receive this award throughout the state of Ohio.

“Our office has been committed to improving pavement conditions throughout Summit County so this award is quite an honor,” said Alan Brubaker, Summit County Engineer. “I am pleased that our Construction Section and the contractor, The Shelly Company, are being recognized for all of their hard work.”

The Riverview Road Resurfacing Project Phases 2 and 3 improved Riverview Road from the Village of Peninsula corporate line to the Cuyahoga County corporate line. Improvements included road base repairs, resurfacing, and the widening and paving of road shoulders.

The Shelly Company was the contractor on the Riverview Road Resurfacing Project. The total cost for both phases was $1.3 million. The Summit County Engineer’s office applied for and obtained federal Surface Transportation Program grants to fund 80% of the cost of the improvement. The remaining 20% was paid for using local funds.

Flexible Pavements of Ohio is an association for the development, improvement, and advancement of quality asphalt pavement construction. They will hold a luncheon on March 3rd to present the awards to the recipients. 


Open for Public Comment: Summit County Access Management Manual


The draft of the Summit County Access Management Manual is attached below. This manual of regulations for the management of access (i.e. driveways) onto county and township roads in the unincorporated area of the county is ready for public review and comment. The Summit County Engineer’s office will hold three separate public meetings around the county to get input from township officials, technical staff, local advocacy groups, local residents and business owners.

State and national studies have shown a direct correlation between traffic crashes and the number of driveways along a corridor, which is why the county developed the Access Management Manual. The policy put forth in the manual provides a better plan for utilization of our roads to ensure they will be safe and efficient for years to come. The Manual includes best practices for design and safety, based on successful models from across the country and Ohio, and is tailored to fit the unique characteristics of Summit County.  

We are accepting public comments on the document. Any comments can be sent to Joe Paradise, P.E., Deputy Director of Engineering Services at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (330) 643-2850.

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Shaw Road Bridge now open


Update 12/5/14: The Shaw Road Bridge is now open.

Bath Township, Ohio– Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker, PE, PS is pleased to announce that the Shaw Road Bridge Replacement Project has received an emergency funding grant award from the Ohio Public Works Commission. On Monday, May 12, 2014 at roughly 7:30pm, a severe storm hit Bath Township, Ohio. Three to four inches of rain fell within a very short period and a tornado warning was issued. Flash floods shortly followed the storm and the swelling creeks and streams damaged local infrastructure. The Shaw Road Bridge over Yellow Creek collapsed under the force of the water and debris.

Since then, the Summit County Engineer’s office has been moving quickly to get the bridge replaced as soon as possible. Summit County Council passed legislation declaring the bridge collapse an “emergency”, allowing the Engineer’s office to bypass normal bidding procedures in order to get the bridge designed and constructed within 2014.

The Summit County Engineer’s office has sought and received emergency funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission to replace the Shaw Road Bridge. The OPWC will provide 80% of the funding of the estimated $310,000 bridge replacement project. The remaining 20% will come from local County Engineer funds.

Here is an expected timeline of events for the bridge replacement:

Finals plans submitted by E.L. Robinson: Complete

Request for quotes from contractors: Complete

Open quotes: Complete

Award contract: Complete

Contract signed: Complete

Begin construction: October 13

Completion date: November 26  


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