2020 Drive (E. Newport/Valley Drives) Improvement Project Planned for Mill Creek Park (PID #111483)

Mill Creek MetroParks is soliciting public comment for an upcoming drive improvement project. The proposed project involves improvements to the southern section of East Newport Drive totaling 0.86-miles (Shields Road to Kreider’s Entrance) and a portion of Valley Drive totaling 0.38-miles (East Park Drive to the Suspension Bridge), both of which are located within Mill Creek Park. The proposed project activities include pavement planing, roadway resurfacing, shoulder restoration, and the reapplication of pavement markings.


The project is scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2020 with an estimated construction cost of approximately $297,418. A significant portion of the project funding ($123,316) will be provided by the ODOT – Park District Improvement Fund (2020-2021 Biennium). The MetroParks will provide the remaining $174,102 in match funds, as well as contribute professional engineering, contract management and construction project management/inspection services.


During construction, portions of both East Newport and Valley Drive will be closed to all pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic. A detour route will be provided for vehicular traffic. Construction schedule, parking lot closures, and detour information will be posted along both drives and on the Mill Creek MetroParks website (www.millcreekmetroparks.org) prior to the start of construction. Access to the Flats parking lot, the East Newport Drive Picnic Area, and the Kreider’s Entrance parking lot will be closed to all pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic throughout the duration of the project.


To ensure the proposed project is viable and successful, Mill Creek MetroParks is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project.  Environmental impacts include those involving archaeological, architectural and ecological resources, regulated materials and the general location of the project.  ODOT also requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in the vicinity of the project including prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic bridges, historic buildings, landmarks and districts.  Any comments you may have regarding the environmental and/or the proposed project may be submitted by Friday, January 17, 2020.


All public comments, questions and/or concerns about the project are welcomed, and should be directed to:


Mill Creek MetroParks

Re: Nick Derico, Natural Resources Steward

7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd.

Canfield, Ohio 44406

Phone: 330.702.3000 x 136

Fax: 330.702.3010