It’s the four-lane road that brings southern Elyrians into and out of downtown, but if you ask south-side residents, it is a major city thoroughfare that has seen only minor repairs. Long before the new Elyria High School — a $70 million building sprawling across two city blocks — went up, the biggest economic investment the 5th Ward has seen in years, residents in the ward have waited patiently for a facelift for Middle Avenue.
From a city standpoint, the sticking point has always been the funding. Funded through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Public Works Commission and even a slice of the city’s windfall proceeds, a $3.6 million reconstruction project is set to commence later this year. There will be new curbs and curb ramps, a bike path, decorative light fixtures and the crumbling medians will be reconstructed. They road will take on a more boulevard-like look and feel. Click here for the full story.