Route 303 west of Streetsboro, as well as the bypass road, will be completely closed to the public starting Monday while crews complete upgrades designed to prevent flooding in the area.
Mayor Glenn Broska said he previously reported that the road would not be completely closed at the bypass and the bowl, but the situation has changed because of weather delays.
"Beginning on Monday, April 16, 2018, [Route] 303 will be completely closed at the bypass and the bowl for a period of two weeks," he said. "During this time, the bypass road will be upgraded to accommodate traffic during the rest of the project, and they will also begin digging out the bowl in preparation for the permanent repair of the bowl area. The bypass road will be reopened as soon as they can get the upgrades completed."
Broska said contractors are on a tight schedule in order to finish the work by Oct. 31 to prevent working in the winter months, which has necessitated the schedule change and road closure. He said the bypass road is being widened to accommodate commercial traffic during the rest of the project.
Emergency vehicles will have complete access to the road during the closure, but all other traffic will be prohibited during the closure. The official detour will be from Route 91 to Route 480 to Route 14. Residents of developments west of the bypass, including those in Lakeside Terrace and Hickory Ridge, can use local roads.
"I realize this is different than what we originally posted, but it is beyond any of our control," he said.
Route 303 also will be closed around July 1 for 30 days, from Jefferson Street to the railroad tracks, for culvert replacement. Emergency crews will make arrangements with Hudson to ensure that safety forces will not be delayed beyond the tracks, Broska said.
The city has obtained grant funding to fill in the low-lying area near the bypass to end flooding, which frequently closes the street. Broska previously said the project was originally set to extend to the railroad tracks, until the Ohio EPA and Army Corps of Engineers raised environmental concerns.
The work is separate from an Ohio Department of Transportation project that will resurface Route 303 east from Circle K to the eastern city limits. The city’s share of that project is $156,000.