Stang Road work awaits state approval

By Jonathan Delozier -

State money will be sought to replace the Stang Road bridge in Amherst Township and resurface the west half of the road.

Lorain County commissioners approved a cooperation agreement with Amherst Township on Aug. 24 to seek funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission. The cost of bridge replacement and resurfacing is $344,000, with the OPWC expected to cover 89 percent of the total if the application is approved.

Stang Road is administered by Amherst Township while the bridge falls under county supervision. Lorain County engineer Shaun Duffala said the county and township have agreed to work together on both projects to ensure a smoother process on both ends.

The state money could end up being a grant, loan, or combination of both. Applications are due by Sept. 4 and engineers expect to find out the state’s decision by January.

“We just wanted to make sure one project wasn’t stepping on the other’s toes,” said Duffala. “The west end will come first for resurfacing because that’s where the bridge is. I believe there could eventually be a second phase to repave the rest depending on what the township wants to do.”

If funding for the project comes through, construction on Stang would likely begin in the fall of 2019.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

By Jonathan Delozier