For Bay Village and Westlake, the final pieces of a $2.5 million puzzle are going into place.
Westlake City Council approved, Thursday, a memorandum of understanding on the Bradley-Naigle roads projects slated to get under way this summer. In addition, Bay Village city officials have set a public information meeting on the seven-figure project for June 6 in the Bay Village City Hall City Council chambers.
Because the intersection is near the Westlake border, some of the work had to be done in that city. Westlake officials agreed to become a partner in the project if the work continued down to Clemens Road, according to Westlake City Engineer Bob Kelly.
The project will add a center lane from Clemens through to Bay Village, Kelly said. Westlake and Bay Village will each pay $200,000 toward the project, he said.
Traffic signals to be installed at the Bradley-Naigle intersection will be placed north and south of the nearby railroad tracks so that vehicles do not stop on the tracks, Kelly said.
“That’s fantastic,” Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland said when informed of the Westlake council’s action. “Everything’s getting ready to go on this, and it’s something which we’ve needed to get done for awhile.”
Sutherland touted the project as a fine example of strong intergovernmental cooperation among the state, Cuyahoga County and the two cities, as well as CSX railroad officials.
“We’re fortunate to be getting about $2.1 million of the $2.5 million in project costs from the state and county because there’s no way we could have done this on our own in the current financial environment,” she said. “We’re glad to partner with the two larger governmental bodies and the city of Westlake on this.”
Sutherland said the work will be extensive, noting there will be traffic signalization work done on the Bay Village side, as well as additinal signal and related work done in Westlake. The areas will also be graded and made easier for roadway traffic in both cities, and a culvert area will be redone on the Westlake side.
“We just heard back from the railroad that they’ll be cooperating with all the work as well,” she said. “It’s going to make it a lot smoother to get done.”
She said the project will have traffic control measures in place, noting that Naigle will be closed during portions of the work.
“We’re going to have the public meeting and set up other ways to keep people informed throughout the project,” she said.
The Bay Village mayor said current estimates are for the project to last about six months.
“It’s going to take some time, but it’s going to be worth it to see the improvements at the end of all this,” she said.
(West Life reporter Kevin Kelley contributed to this article.)