CUYAHOGA FALLS — A project to reconstruct an approximate 1-mile stretch of Howe Avenue will begin sometime after a pre-construction meeting takes place in the first week of April, according to an Ohio Department of Transportation official.

Justin Chesnic, public information officer for ODOT, said he will not know the specific start date for the $5.9 million project until after the pre-construction session with the contractor and city officials in early April. Akron-based Kenmore Construction will be replacing the current concrete material with asphalt, according to Chesnic.

Howe Avenue will be reconstructed from Main Street to Buchholzer Boulevard. Once the project begins, traffic on Howe Avenue will be one-way, westbound only, while eastbound traffic will be detoured around the shopping area via Independence Avenue, according to Chesnic. Motorists coming off Route 8 and heading east on Howe Avenue will have to go south on Home Avenue, east on Independence Avenue and then north on Buchholzer so that they can then head west on Howe to access businesses on the south side of Howe.

The project will be suspended in late fall, pick up again in spring of 2020, and is scheduled to be finished in fall of 2020, said Chesnic.

Chesnic said the city of Cuyahoga Falls is paying $1.2 million for the project, while the remaining funding will come from ODOT and the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS). Chesnic added he did not have a breakdown of how much money would be provided by ODOT and AMATS.

He said work will be performed at the intersection of Howe Avenue and Main Street early in the project.

"There will be some closures there ranging from seven to 14 days," noted Chesnic. "They’re going to build that quadrant, do the west side first, and then do the southeast side and then the northeast corner."

Chesnic noted there will be some ramp closures from Route 8 to Howe Avenue while work is being done on Howe between Route 8 and Main Street.

He reiterated that he will not be able to announce any specific dates until after the pre-construction meeting in April.

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