TWINSBURG — The Ohio Department of Transportation recently announced that it planned to replace a culvert on part of Route 91 near the south side of the Interstate Route 480 interchange in Twinsburg Township and the city of Twinsburg.

This was one of several culvert replacement projects announced statewide. These projects, which will cost a little more than $1 million, are scheduled to begin this summer.

According to information from ODOT, the culvert replacement will be completed in two phases. Each phase will require Route 91 to be closed or detoured for one weekend. The official detour route for these closures will utilize State Route 82, Chamberlin Road and Highland Road.

"This culvert replacement should only take a few weeks," said Justin Chesnic, assistant to District Deputy Director Gery Noirot and Public Information Officer "It appears Route 91 will be closed for one weekend in each direction as a result of the culvert replacement. So for example, Route 91 northbound will be closed for one weekend and then Route 91 southbound will be closed the following weekend."

A culvert is a pipe "that carries water from one side of the road to the other," and is installed under a road, Chesnic said.

"It is usually used for smaller streams that do not require a bridge to be built," Chesnic said. "This culvert installation is needed to improve drainage in the area."

Chesnic said that a contractor for the work will be selected sometime in May.

City Engineer Amy Mohr said the project stemmed from a request from the city a few years ago asking ODOT to review the area for flooding concerns in that area.

"This project is a result of that request and is addressing transporting storm water more efficiently under SR91 to Tinkers Creek versus flowing over the road and causing high water in the street at this location and washouts of the berm along southbound Route 91," Mohr said. "We are working with them on coordination and they have been keeping us informed with plan updates during the design process. Safety Forces have also had a chance to review the plan and detour routes."

Mohr added that ODOT also will install soundwalls on Interstate 480 starting in February or March, and that this work is expected to continue through July. This installation will impact ramp access at Route 82 westbound, she said.

"So coordination of the two projects is very important in the area," Mohr said. "We have requested that all ramps be accessible during Twins Days weekend to avoid traffic issue with the influx of twins."

All construction, lane restriction, roadway closure and detour information will be posted along the aforementioned routes and on the ODOT District 4 webpage, www.transportation.ohio.gov/dist 4, prior to the start of project construction. Access shall be maintained to all adjacent properties, businesses and intersecting side streets for the duration of the project.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC