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Millersburg road narrowing project to help traffic flow

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published: April 8, 2017 5:00 AM
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MILLERSBURG -- Workers from Miller Cable Co. and Smith Paving and Excavating are working diligently along the exit lane of Glen Drive turning north onto South Washington Street in hopes of improving traffic flow.

The road narrowing project is supposed to be finished by July, according to Ohio Department of Transportation project engineer Nick Roth.

"It looks like it will be done a lot sooner than that," Roth said. "They are working really hard here."

Work began last week to improve the intersection and upgrade the signals at South Washington Street (U.S. Route 62) and Glen Drive in Millersburg.

Traffic will be maintained.

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"It is a construction site. There will be delays," said Village Administrator Nate Troyer. "We have added a recall to the southbound left turn lane, so that the green turn arrow would come up every cycle. So southbound traffic will get the green arrow and then it will run north and south.

"What we were running into was, if the first or third car was turning left, and north and south are running, the car will never turn," Troyer continued. "If we give them the protected turn at the beginning of the cycle, it will give at least six, eight or 10 cars a chance to get through and reduce some of the congestion."

Troyer said traffic is flowing better now, but there is going to be some back-up, so people traveling through town should expect delays.

"This is only temporary," he said. "The end of July is a worst-case scenario. Hopefully they will finish much sooner, like in a month or so."

Troyer said when he met with ODOT last week to discus the project, they talked about using a medium setting concrete instead of the standard.

"This will cut a day or two off of cure time to get things opened up quicker," Troyer said. "ODOT is in favor of using that, and they're paying the bill, so that's better for us."

ODOT's contractor for this $226,000 project is Smith Paving & Excavating Inc., from Norwalk.

ODOT maintains the state's largest man-made asset -- the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place, according to communications officer Becky Giauque. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.

Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or klynch@the-daily-record.com.


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