Working together to support needed jobs and smart investments in local infrastructure, Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) and Strongsville Mayor Thomas Perciak have worked to ensure that the Ohio Department of Transportation's Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) reversed a previous ruling that would delay the construction of a critical infrastructure project in Strongsville.
"Creating jobs and improving our infrastructure are major priorities to all Ohioans, and I am proud to fight alongside Mayor Perciak in Strongsville to ensure that this important project does not get delayed and jobs do not get cut," said Sutton. "Working together, we were able ensure that this project that will benefit all Strongsville residents will be finished on time. I want to thank Mayor Perciak for his work, and I look forward to serving Strongsville for years to come."
The project, consisting of the widening of US-42 (Pearl Road) from Boston Road to Drake Road was originally planned to begin construction in 2013, when TRAC decided the project was to be delayed until 2019. Working alongside Mayor Perciak, Sutton advocated for the expedited construction of this important traffic and commerce artery, sending a letter of support to the Ohio Department of Transportation asking that the original construction date be recognized and the project move forward as planned.
"On behalf of the residents and business community of Strongsville, we express our deepest appreciation to Congresswoman Betty Sutton for her efforts and cooperation in helping make the expansion of Pearl Road South from Drake Road to Boston Road a reality," said Thomas P. Perciak, Mayor of Strongsville. "Said expansion is a critical component in the continued economic development of Strongsville and Northeast Ohio. The infrastructure improvement will provide superior access to the largest parcel of undeveloped, greenfield land in a business park in Cuyahoga County with the potential of creating thousands of new jobs. In addition, the Pearl Road South widening will directly benefit over three hundred companies within Strongsville's business parks and further encourage future business retention and expansion."
A longtime supporter of smart investments in infrastructure, Sutton has been a strong advocate for improvements in Ohio's transportation and infrastructure. The author of the American Jobs First Initiative, Sutton is also focused on ensuring that materials and goods used to improve our roads, bridges, and railways are made in America, supporting American jobs.