At the start of next week (March 29th) the engineers are saying that the traffic patterns around the Crain Avenue Bridge project (click here for a brochure summary of the project) are going to get complicated. If you haven’t been over there recently they’ve made some great progress as Phase 1 is about a month away from wrapping up but before it’s done it’s going to cause some traffic troubles.
These aren’t permanent traffic troubles but while they’re here they are unfortunately going to be frustrating. Remember, we’re doing the bridge project because it is the most congested intersection in all of Portage and Summit counties so when the contractors start closing lanes it’s going to get ugly. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I figure the only thing worse than getting stuck in a traffic jam is being surprised by a traffic jam and not giving yourself enough time to get to your destination.
Here’s an update from the engineers:
Phase 1 Construction continues with the following:
Temporary pavement construction on S.R. 43 begins Monday, March 29th .
· Private Utility Relocations are nearing completion:
o Ohio Edison has minor work to be completed on S.R. 43 and Lake St.
o Dominion East Ohio Gas has completed their mainline work throughout the project.
o AT&T has completed their work.
o Time Warner Cable continues to transfer their services to new poles on S.R. 43 and Lake St.
· Construction of the new Sheetz at the corner of S.R. 43 and Fairchild Avenue continues, and is being coordinated with the Fairchild Avenue Bridge Project.
· Fairchild Avenue Bridge Construction continues with the piers and the east end foundation of the bridge.
Construction Traffic Update:
- Beginning Monday, March 29th, Northbound traffic on S.R. 43 will be reduced to one lane.
- Phase 2 will begin in early May with the Fairchild Avenue detour and lane closures on S.R. 43.
- The Brady Lake Road Bridge Detour is currently in effect and will continue into the summer. This traffic detour is being coordinated with the Fairchild Ave. Bridge Project.