October 26, 2014

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ODOT takes a break from major projects in Medina County

MEDINA — The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Monday it is taking a breather from major projects in Medina County this summer, but outlined smaller projects planned for 2011.

Allen Biehl, deputy director of ODOT’s District 3, said the department scaled back new projects in Medina County after the completion of the $77.3 million Interstate 71-76 interchange in Westfield Township in August.

Politicians, state officials and others watch a ribbon-cutting ceremony in August 2010 for a $77.3 million Ohio Department of Transportation project at the Interstate 71/76 interchange while standing under a ramp that was constructed during the project in Westfield Township. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Politicians, state officials and others watch a ribbon-cutting ceremony in August 2010 for a $77.3 million Ohio Department of Transportation project at the Interstate 71/76 interchange while standing under a ramp that was constructed during the project in Westfield Township. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Planned for 2011 is the continuation of a $14.9 million rehabilitation of I-71 and I-76 between U.S. Route 224 and state Route 57 that began in April 2010.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Biehl said work on I-76 is reactive maintenance to increase the lifespan of the road, including drainage repairs, concrete joint repairs and asphalt replacement. At least one lane will be maintained as crews from Shelly Co. work mostly at night to prevent inconveniencing motorists.

That project is scheduled to be complete in September.

Other projects scheduled for Medina County:

• Culvert replacements totaling $296,432 on Zimmerman Road, Congress Road and two locations on state Route 301 in Wayne County until September. Traffic will be maintained with two detours.

• Bridge replacement totaling $737,175 between Lee and Railroad streets in Lodi until November. Crews will replace a deficient 12-foot structure. Traffic will be maintained with a 60-day detour.

• Improvements to the bridge deck overlay of overpasses at Friendsville, Good and Laurel roads totaling $413,679 between May 16 and July 31. A 21-day detour will be set up for each structure.

• Resurfacing Route 57 to the Cuyahoga County line and the addition of a turn lane at Buckeye Schools totaling $3.4 million between July 18 and Sept. 30, 2012. The project will be maintained by flaggers and an eight-day detour will be set up near Sprague Road.

• Resurfacing state Route 421 is a $2 million project that will begin May 2 and be complete Sept. 16. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.

• Preventive maintenance totaling $1.5 million on U.S. Route 42 from Congress to Lake roads from July 18 to Sept. 15. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.

Biehl announced the projects at the Medina County Transportation Day event at Root Candles. Besides Medina County, District 3 includes Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Richland and Wayne counties.

At the meeting, Medina County Engineer Mike Salay said the $4.7 million set aside for county projects this summer will fund system preservation to maintain what is already in place.

“We don’t have the ability to work on capacity projects at this time,” he said.

Also Monday, Kenneth Wright, planning and engineering administrator for District 3, said the way ODOT funds Transportation Improvement Districts has changed. A fundable TID project is one determined to be necessary for the safe merging of traffic, such as adding lanes to state Route 18.

Under the old system, $250,000 was given to any district to use as needed. Now, districts must apply for funding before Sept. 1 every year, he said.

“We want to make sure everything goes into infrastructure,” Wright said.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.