Bill calls for re-surfacing West 117th from Bellaire Road and Lake Avenue

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald introduced a bill to county council members Tuesday night to re-surface West 117th Street from Bellaire Road to Lake Avenue.

“There's a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said West 117th was last re-surfaced in 2000 under former county commissioner Jimmy Dimora. But Fitzgerald said Dimora hired a contractor who used the wrong type of cement mixture and didn't re-surface the street correctly.

“A road like that, and as busy as that road is, it should last for years and years and years,” added Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald's re-surfacing proposal is expected to cost $1.6 million. The money would come from the county's road and bridge fund.

“It's [West 117th] progressively gotten worse and worse, and complaints don't do any good,” said Krystal Trainer who works at Sapell's grocery on West 117th.

Thanks to West 117th potholes, Trainer said she's had to get a tire and two hubcaps replaced. She also needs a front-end alignment.

“It's bad,” said Cunawsha Grissett. “When you can put a garbage can inside a pothole, it's serious.”

Fitzgerald said he expects his bill to pass in the next month and the project to be completed by the end of the year.

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