Jaeger Road Widening Moves Forward in Lorain, Ohio

The Lorain City Council has finally approved the widening of Jaeger Road. The twenty foot easement widening will have some affect on the adjacent properties, and many objections have been raised by the adjacent owners. There are so few road widenings in the upper Midwest made by cities, this comes almost as a surprise.


Lorain City Council will consider borrowing $5.25 million through a bond issue that will pay for new street resurfacing.

Council also will consider 20 resolutions of necessity for the city to use eminent domain to appropriate land for widening Jaeger Road.

Some of the easements are permanent for Jaeger Road, while some are temporary for storage of materials and equipment during construction, said Assistant Law Director Don Zaleski.

The road has a right-of-way that is 40-feet wide from edge to edge, said city Engineer Dale Vandersommen.

The widened road will have a right-of-way that is 60 feet wide, Vandersommen said.

The Engineering Department has a consultant that already made deals with most of about 82 property owners who will be affected, he said.

“These are properties where negotiations have pretty much broken down for right-of-way acquisition on Jaeger Road,” Vandersommen said. “We need to acquire 10 more feet on either side of the road.”

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