TWINSBURG — More changes are coming as part of the city’s Route 91 improvements and construction of a roundabout in the northern part of town, but the project is only a few months from completion.
City Engineer Amy Mohr gave an update on that project and a few others at Council’s June 11 caucus meeting.
Officials are anticipating that the traffic pattern at the Darrow-Ethan’s/Meadowood drives intersection, where the roundabout is being built, will change soon. Mohr said that originally was to occur June 17, but it could be a few days after that before the change is effective.
Mohr said when the change does occur, northbound and southbound traffic on Route 91 will be shifted from the east side to the recently constructed west side.
Meadowood Drive will remain closed, and Ethan’s Drive will be closed, with the posted detour route using Glenwood Drive.
"This phase should take about two months," said Mohr. "Of course, the weather will determine the exact timing. We hope the entire project will be finished by the end of September."
Work occurring during this phase includes curb installation on the east side of Route 91; asphalt, sidewalk and lawn restoration; Ethan’s Drive curbs and splitter island; and the center island of the roundabout at the intersection.
Remaining phases of work include Route 91-Glenwood intersection modification, paving, final striping and signage, crosswalk installations at Ethan’s-Meadowood roundabout and final landscaping.
Marucci & Gaffney Excavating Co. was awarded a $4.14 million contract for the Glenwood Drive to Lisa Lane (0.53-mile) project.
Federal funds are paying for about 80 percent, with the city responsible for about $625,000 and $470,000 coming from an Ohio Public Works Commission loan.
Mohr said the project has resulted in more traffic on side streets, such as those through Corbett’s Farm. Police Chief Chris Noga encouraged motorists when the project started last fall to slow down when traveling in the construction zone and on side streets.
Mohr also reported the 2019 road paving program was scheduled to start June 17, with work continuing through September. Barbicas Construction Co. is the contractor at a cost of $902,997.
The following streets are included in this year’s program: Block 1 — Ashdale Drive, Maple Drive and Canyon Falls (June); Block 2 — Enterprise Parkway, Creekside Drive and miscellaneous work (July); and Block 3 — Wallingford Drive, Vail Drive and Veron Lane (August).
Meanwhile, the Darrow Road sanitary sewer removal and replacement project between Route 82 and Richner Court is continuing and should be completed by mid-August. Fabrizi Trucking & Paving Co. is the contractor at a cost of $839,461.
Mohr said improvements on Chamberlin Road between Route 82 and Highland Road are about 90 percent complete. Perrin Asphalt is performing the work at a cost of $591,912.
Of the total cost, $140,000 comes from a state grant through the Summit County Transportation District, while the remainder will be split 51 percent to 49 percent between the city and Summit County, respectively.
Mohr said the state funding is related to economic development at Cornerstone Business Park.
ODOT originally had planned to do bridge and culvert maintenance and replacement at Route 91 and I-480 this summer, but since some environmental issues are still being worked out, Mohr said the project may be delayed until next year.
She said when the project is started, there could be some closures at the interchange. ODOT is considering use of multiple weekend closures as an alternative to weekday lane closures.
Mohr invited residents who would like to receive traffic advisories to sign up at www.mytwinsburg.com under the "notify me" tab. Or they can visit www.mytwinsburg.com/175/Engineering-Division for more information.
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.