by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

“We have a small window of opportunity to complete repairs on Main Street south of Monroe Street to the bridge,” noted City of Sylvania Department of Public Service Deputy Director Joe Shaw, P.E., P.S. “This work has needed to be done. The storm sewers are very old and are in need of replacement,” he said. “While there is never a good time for this kind of repair work, we have scheduled the work to coincide with the important events in the city. We could not start before school was out for the summer and we have to work around the Marathon Golf Classic in mid July.”

The scope of the project includes replacing the storm sewers, pavement, curbs, decorative light poles and traffic signals and will be completed in four phases.

Shaw said his department has been in communication with Jim Sautter of Sautter’s Food Center, Lea MacLaren of the Wingate Hotel and the Speedway management team about the project. Access to all private drives will be maintained during construction according to Shaw.

Phase one is a 40-day project and began June 4. Traffic will be limited to one-way southbound on Main Street south of Monroe Street. Northbound traffic on Main Street between Brint Road and Monroe Street will be rerouted to Harroun Road through July 8 while storm sewers are replaced, the northbound lanes and inside southbound lanes will be paved.

“Two-way traffic will resume the week of July 8 to accommodate all of the traffic generated by the Marathon Classic,” Shaw noted.

Phase two will begin on July 9 running through Aug. 8 when work on the outside southbound lane will be completed.

Phase three is scheduled from Aug. 8 through 19 and involves closing the intersection of Main and Monroe streets. Westbound traffic will be rerouted to Harroun Road to Brint Road to Centennial Road. Eastbound traffic will be rerouted south on Centennial Road to Brint Road or Sylvania Avenue.

According to Shaw, phase four will take place from Aug. 20 through Aug. 27. Involves the installation of new traffic signals and the final layer of asphalt, which will be placed during the night allowing traffic to resume normal patterns.

“Everything is time critical and the project must be near completion end of August to minimize school impactsl,” Shaw stated.

The city of Sylvania will contribute about $210,000 toward the $790,000 construction cost. Other financing managed by TMCOG is through the Ohio Department of Transportation Surface Transportation Program