GREEN: Orange barrels trumpet the beginning of a road construction season that should prove interesting to residents and visitors who use city highways to get to popular tourist, shopping and dining meccas.
Green is embarking on an ambitious road program, budgeting almost $11 million to construct, rebuild or resurface streets, bridges and culverts in as many as 20 projects scattered across the community.
The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study will add another $3 million to the pot of construction funding that will be spent this year on Green highways.
In mid- to late May, ODOT will begin resurfacing Turkeyfoot Lake Road (state Route 619) from the Stark County line west to New Franklin city limits. The project will mean headaches for locals and visitors headed east to popular destination spots on state Route 619 in Uniontown, Hartville and Lake Township via Interstate 77 and Massillon Road.
“The last time Turkeyfoot was redone was in 2000. That’s a good life for this kind of traffic,” city Engineer Paul Pickett said in a recent interview.
Approximately 11,000 vehicles travel that 6.1-mile section of road each day, said Brent Kovacs, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
He said there is no traffic study for weekends and holidays, when vehicles traveling to communities east of Massillon Road can create bottlenecks that back up traffic for miles.
The $1.5 million project, awarded to Northstar Asphalt Inc. of Stark County, is expected to be completed this fall, Kovacs said. He said he was unsure at which end of the highway that construction will begin.
“We won’t know some of these details until our pre-construction meeting,” he said, adding the meeting has not been scheduled.
The city’s contribution for the project is $429,500.
While traffic will be maintained with periodic lane closures during the resurfacing phase of the project, replacement of a bridge over the Tuscarawas River just west of the Stark County line and a culvert east of Myersville Road will mean that section of road will be closed for about 30 days, Kovacs said. The suggested detour has not been determined.
Hartville Mayor Richard Currie said he was confident his village won’t be negatively affected by the closure of the highway that leads to the shopping and entertainment draws his community has to offer.
“People will still find a way to Hartville,” Currie said. “It will certainly be a traffic disruption, but they will get here.”
In many cases, the city has overestimated the cost of the projects in its capital improvements budget, Pickett said.
“We expect most of these projects to come in under budget,” he said.
The city has earmarked $1.3 million for resurfacing a segment of Greensburg Road from Arlington to Shriver roads that could begin Monday and take about 90 days to complete. AMATS is contributing $360,000 to the project. It is anticipated that Steese Road will be closed for about three weeks to reconstruct the intersection with Greensburg Road starting in mid-May as part of the project.
The city will finance the resurfacing of a portion of Greensburg Road from Etter Drive to the eastern corporation line, bidding the estimated $1.658 million project earlier this month. Construction is expected to begin in May and run through September. AMATS is contributing $456,665 to the project.
Arlington Road resurfacing from Mount Pleasant north to East Nimisila Road is being financed in part by a $466,000 grant from AMATS and $831,000 in local funding. The project is expected to begin in May and conclude in September.
Resurfacing of Mayfair Road from Mount Pleasant to the railroad tracks (Aultman Road) is another AMATS project and a holdover from the 2012 budget. The project began earlier this month and is largely finished with minor work to be completed.
Neighboring communities will also be notified when construction might affect their safety forces.
And if residents are planning a big event at their homes, such as a wedding reception or graduation party, they should notify the city in advance.
“Within our capabilities, we will try to accommodate [residents], whether it’s with added signage or trying to have the contractor work with them,” Pickett said.
Kathy Antoniotti can be reached at 330-996-3565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.