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MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council is expected to discuss giving formal consent Tuesday evening for an $89 million U.S. 30 rehabilitation project funded by the Ohio Dept. of Transportation.

Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2020. City Council's streets committee will discuss the project during a meeting at 6:45 p.m., just before council's caucus begins.

The project will extend from the Ohio 309 interchange to the Fifth Avenue interchange, a total of 3.8 miles.

The work, scheduled to be complete by 2022, includes interchanges with Ohio 13/Ohio 545 and Ohio 39.

"The purpose of the (project) is to address deteriorating pavements and poor bridge conditions on U.S. 30 and address outdated features to reduce the number and severity of crashes on U.S. 30 and the interchanges," ODOT said.

ODOT said U.S. 30 was originally constructed beginning in 1956.

"The road was most recently repaved in 2010 with pavement repairs in 2017, but the concrete base underneath the asphalt has deteriorated and requires on‐going repairs. The original bridges remaining in this section are nearing the end of their lifecycle," ODOT said.

"In addition, many features of the roadway were state of the art when constructed, but do not meet today’s design standards. For example, the outside paved shoulders on U.S. 30 are 10’ wide, rather than the 12’ width currently recommended. Other examples include the tight curves and short merge lengths on the ramps, as well as the close spacing of interchanges," ODOT said.

In other action Tuesday, City Council is expected to:

-- approve demolition of dilapidated structures at 238 Park Ave. East, 259 W. Fifth St., 263 Myers Ave., 283 W. Longview Ave., 315 W. Fifth St. and 871 Bowman St.

-- recognize and affirm the dedication of the city's new outdoor police shooting range/training facility as the "Chief Lawrence E. Harper Training Facility" in honor of the former long-time chief. After serving in the U.S. Marines in World War II, Harper became Mansfield's first black police officer in August 1948. He went on to become the department's longest-serving officer, the first black police chief in 1990, and the longest-serving police chief, retiring in 2002. He died in 2016 at age 89.

-- authorize payment of damage claims to a trio of residents: Troy Ernsberger, 234 Park Ave., ($600 for damages from sewer back-up), Bruce Young, 873 Greenfield Drive, ($700 for damage to driveway caused by fire truck) and Mary Heminger, 70 N. Linden Road ($4,986 for damages caused by sewer back-up).

-- discuss a resolution appropriating $312,854.05 from the unappropriated Information Technology fund for the purpose of updating the IT Security and Server infrastructure.

-- vote to amend the city's personnel ordinance to increase the grade classification of laborers to Grade 11 from Grade 9 and to correct an inadvertent number in section 21 of the Parks Department.

There will be a council safety committee meeting at 6:20 p.m. and a finance committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Caucus begins at 7 p.m. and legislative session immediately thereafter.

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