The Ohio Department of Transportation has opened a period of comments for a change of location for the Cyclops Circle Softball Complex entrance as part of the giant US30 reconstruction scheduled to begin in two years.
ODOT has proposed to reconstruct US 30 from the SR 13/Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge east to Fifth Avenue in the City of Mansfield.Reconstruction includes:
Safety improvements include constructing a median barrier and widening the outside shoulders of US 30 to meet current design standards; upgrading all entrance and exit ramps to meet high speed design standards; increasing the clearance under the Fifth Avenue bridge; adding vandal protection to the Fifth Avenue bridge over US 30; and providing lighting through the entire corridor. US 30 will remain a four-land limited access highway. Construction is currently scheduled to begin Spring 2020 and will last 2 1/2 years.
The project will require approximately 0.56-acres of permanent right-of-way and 2.41-acres of temporary right-of-way from the Cyclops Circle Softball Complex to construct the north/south connector & SR 13 roundabout. A new entrance will be constructed into the Complex from SR 13 via the roundabout and a new paved city street, which will end in a cul-de-sac along the north side of the property. The gravel access road along the north side of the Complex will be relocated to maintain access for AK Steel and Ashland Railway to the west of the ballfields. The two existing entrance directly connected to SR 13 will be permanently closed. The existing parking area will be enlarged as part of this project. The fence separating the north and south parking areas will be removed. The two parking areas will be merged into one larger gravel parking lot. The edges of the enlarged parking area will be squared. Access to the Complex will be maintained at all times during construction activities. This work will not affect the actual ballfields.
Cyclops Circle Softball Complex is considered a recreational resource under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (23 CFR 774) and is provided protection from adverse impacts due to federal-aid transportation projects. ODOT will implement the following measures to minimize harm to the Complex:
Access to Cyclops Circle Softball Complex will be maintained at all times during construction activities, the new entrance to the property from the new city street shall be constructed and opened prior to closure of the two existing access points directly from SR 13. The construction activities related to the parking area shall be completed when no games are being played and no practices are being held. The parking area must be usable when games or practices are scheduled;
ODOT has coordinated the project’s involvement with Cyclops Circle Softball Complex. The City of Mansfield (property owner and manager) has concurred that the project will not adversely affect the protected recreational activities, features, or attributes associated with these resources. The proposed project is considered to have a de minimisimpact on the Cyclops Circle Softball Complex.
Due to the necessary acquisition of land associated with Cyclops Circle Softball Complex, ODOT is seeking public input regarding the effects and the project in general. Comments may be directed to Donald Rostofer, District Environmental Coordinator, (419) 207-7178 or [email protected]. Comment will be received through May 25.
Source: Ohio Department of Transportation District Three