Press Release


Bath Township Sidewalk Projects

Now Accepting Comments

Jul 14, 2023 - Bath Township, Ohio

Bath Township, with assistance from the Summit County Engineer’s Office, has successfully secured a federal Transportation Alternative Set Aside grants for two sidewalk projects in the Township.  The first project, in the amount of $500,000 is to design and construct a new sidewalk along the west side of Cleveland Massillon Road from State Route 18 (Medina Road) to the north side of the intersection of Cleveland Massillon Road at Springside Drive.  The second project, in the amount of $700,000 will design and construct a new sidewalk along the west and north side of Springside Drive from State Route 18 (Medina Road) to the intersection of Cleveland Massillon Road at Springside Drive.  Both grants require Bath Township to match the federal funds at a rate of 20% local funds to 80% federal funds.  There are no Summit County Engineer funds involved in the design or construction of either project. 

The Cleveland Massillon Road project proposes a 5-foot-wide walkway that will start at the end of the existing walk in front of Taco Bell, cross 6 commercial driveways and cross Springside Drive. 

The Springside Drive project proposes an 8-foot-wide walkway that will start at the end of the existing walk at the in front of the Huntington Bank Building (across the street from the Shell gas station), cross 16 commercial driveways and end at the new sidewalk being constructed as part of the Cleveland Massillon Road sidewalk project.  Both walkway projects will be built to standards required by the American with Disabilities Act.  Additional rights of way will be negotiated and purchase in those locations where the work requires additional land to meet the ADA requirements.

Construction of the Cleveland Massillon Road project is targeted for March of 2024 and the Springside Drive project is anticipated for the Spring of 2026 but maybe moved up if funds become available.   Construction for each project is anticipated to require 5 months and traffic and access to the adjacent properties will be maintained at all times.  No detours are anticipated.  The driveways serving Taco Bell are expected to be constructed in phases during the overnight hours to keep the store fully functioning during their normal hours.  Construction information will be posted within the project construction limits prior to the start of each project. construction. Substantial traffic disruptions are not expected with the project.

To ensure the decision-making process is comprehensive, the Summit County Engineer is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental and economic impacts of this proposed project. Environmental impacts include those involving archeological, architectural, and ecological resources, regulated materials and the general location of the project. The Summit County Engineer also requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in the vicinity of the project including prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic bridges, historic buildings, landmarks and districts.

The Summit County Engineer is requesting that any comments you may have regarding the proposed project, maintenance of traffic and/or environmental impacts be submitted by August 14, 2023 to: Joseph Paradise, P.E., Deputy Director of Engineering, 538 East South Street Akron, OH 44311, (330) 643-8105, or

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.  A summary of public comments received during the comment period and responses to those comments will be prepared and posted within 30 days of the end of the comment period.