City of Kent to rehabilitate bridge using funds from ODOT

The Sunrise Bridge in Kent which sits above Fish Creek and connects Sunrise Drive to Gale Drive has been approved for rehabilitation funding by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).  As part of their Municipal Bridge Program, ODOT allows municipalities all throughout Ohio to request funding for bridges should the bridge be eligible for aid. The City of Kent’s application for funding totaled $612,000.  For a bridge to be eligible for funding it must be owned by a city, village or RTA, it must be open to vehicular traffic and be structurally deficient among other criteria according to the program. The full list of requirements can be found here.  The

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Changing floodplain, changing attitudes

The City of Kent updated floodplain boundaries for the first time since the 1970s. The new floodplain is a drastic change and affects numerous Kent residents. By Julie Selby & Melinda Stephan Kent’s topography is changing, and with it residents’ attitudes. City Engineer Jim Bowling’s office has been working on updating Kent’s floodplain for about five years now. Update desperately needed “Since 1977, there has been no update to any of the hydraulic calculations to the city of Kent,” Bowling said. This means Kent hasn’t had an accurate picture of how intense rain or flooding could affect its residents in nearly 40 years. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR)

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New Kent Wayfinding Signs Provide Whimsy and Direction

by Brittany Rees and Eric Rivers Poking around town, locals and students alike may have noticed the recently installed wayfinding signs scattered across the city of Kent. Though the signs, erected over last winter, are sprinkled with compliments and quick facts about the city, they weren’t nearly as playful a project as their content may suggest. City engineer and project leader Jim Bowling told Kent Stater staff earlier this year that the project took nearly four years to complete, and the entire Signage and Wayfinding Program cost around 230 thousand dollars. The primary goal, he said, was to help aid visitors in making their way around town and add character

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Kent’s new biking landscape changes city scene

By Richie Mulhall and Ian Klein Avid bicyclist and Tallmadge native Sara Harper did not feel safe riding her bike around Kent State University campus back in 2008. “I didn’t feel safe on the roads,” Harper said. At the time, the current condition of the roads and streets in the city of Kent were not conducive to cyclists, and Harper knew the city needed change. Now fast-forward seven years later, and sweeping change is finally on the horizon. Bikes whiz past pedestrians on Summit Street streets and sidewalks during all hours of the day. The clicking sound of bike chains rattling permeates a crisp quiet morning on campus. Blue-stained Flashfleet bike racks

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Kent State, city of Kent officials prepare Summit Street for a tuneup

By Richard Mulhall & Ian Klein Kent State students worried about how the Summit Street construction project will affect their daily commute will have to wait until spring. The two-year, estimated $17.5 million Summit Street: Building a Better Way project was expected to begin this fall, but the majority of roadway construction won’t occur as early as expected. Project contractor Kenmore Construction Company is expected to begin construction early spring, said Michael Bruder, executive director of utilities planning and design. A few years ago Kent State students were under the assumption that construction would commence in the fall of 2015, but Bruder has since confirmed that major roadway construction won’t

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New plan to turn Haymaker Parkway land into ‘pocket park’

Kent City Council unanimously approved last week a 35-thousand-dollar landscaping plan that will transform the land next to the new downtown development along Haymaker Parkway into a ‘pocket park.’ TV2 City Reporter Raven Brinson explains. [rpavideo caption=” “]092513_LandscapingInstallation_PKG[/rpavideo] City council also voted to enter into a 15-year maintenance term with College Town Kent to ensure the area is looked after. Project Manager in Corporate Communications with Davey Tree Jennifer Lennox said the installation will begin sometime next week.

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