< Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">NORTH ROYALTON – A community meeting next month will discuss the construction timeline for the widening of state Route 82 between Spruce Run Drive, near the Strongsville border, to York Road.

< Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The public will learn the latest on the project at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 11680 Royalton Road. The Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works is hosting the meeting.

< Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“This will give people an updated construction schedule, what to expect during construction, any detours that may be necessary and who to contact if they have any issues,” said North Royalton Community Development Director Tom Jordan.

< Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Utility crews have been out relocating gas and power lines ahead of the pavement work, which is expected to commence this year beginning at Spruce Run. Work is being done by contractor DiGioia-Suburban Excavating.

< Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Widening of the first section will take a full year to complete from Spruce Run east to the city’s Service Department and will be done in two sub-phases. The next section, from there to York, will also be performed in two sub-phases and take another year to complete.

< Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">As for Route 82 from York to the Broadview Heights line, widening is not on the table currently as there is no funding in place. However, the city has entered into a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation, which will contribute 80 percent of the $1.17 million project, approximately $936,000, through its Urban Paving Program. North Royalton’s share will be $234,000.

< Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“We’ve had this project on the radar for the past five years and have been working with ODOT the last couple of years to ensure it didn’t get pushed back for any reason,” North Royalton Mayor Bob Stefanik said.

< Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This resurfacing project is scheduled to go out to bid in January or February with the repaving beginning in May.