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Restoring a highway in Cuyahoga County

Rehabilitating Stumph Road required more than just new pavement.

This was one of the smoothest running projects I've been involved with.

Michael Byrne

Mayor, Parma Heights, Ohio


Stumph Road in Cuyahoga County serves just under 20,000 vehicles each day. A significant north-south arterial, it is bookended by a major employer (General Motors Stamping and Metal Assemblies Plant) and the largest community college in the state (Cuyahoga Community College).

Stumph Road required complete pavement rehabilitation — including new pavement, curbs, sidewalks, and driveways — due to its considerable deterioration in the years since its original construction.


Mott MacDonald was retained by the Cuyahoga County Engineer’s office to assist with improvements aimed at extending the useful service life of the facility. The project was originally envisioned as a basic “bread and butter” highway improvement entailing pavement rehabilitation, new sidewalks and isolated roadway and drainage improvements performed within the existing right-of-way.

As we began to undertake initial engineering studies and quantify conditions, it became evident that a full reconstruction was warranted and a host of other physical and operational deficiencies needed to be addressed.

Mott MacDonald provided all necessary surveying, inspection, preliminary and final designs, plans, and specifications for the pavement rehabilitation of Stumph Road in accordance with Cuyahoga County Engineer Design Criteria and Procedures and the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Location and Design Manual.

Our plans addressed the following:

  • Standing water in multiple locations along the curb line and sidewalk
  • Asphalt patching (both isolated and extensive areas)
  • Missing, displaced and broken curb sections
  • Severe joint deterioration
  • Displaced catch basin castings
  • Missing sidewalk
  • Inadequate curb reveal
  • Lateral obstructions


Since its opening, the project has been well received by the Project Sponsor, local communities, and the traveling public. At the ribbon cutting, the Cities of Parma and Parma Heights and the County cited the positive work of the entire project team: designers, contractors, local cities and the County.

Parma Heights Mayor Michael Byrne said, "This was one of the smoothest running projects I’ve been involved with.” County Executive Ed FitzGerald said, “Our private sector partners, they are professional and they just got the job done the right way.” He noted that “the project came in under budget, and these things don’t happen by accident.” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter called the project “a great investment for economic development.”

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