Crews are already at work on the Detroit and Dover Center Road intersection, preparing to widen the street later this year. Workers will be on site fixing electric and phone lines, and moving utility poles before road work begins in the spring.
“This is just the first part of a big process,” said Engineering Director Bob Kelly. “This will be going on all year.”
In an effort to relieve traffic congestions, the city is widening the intersection on Detroit Road from two lanes to four, with a turn lane.
“We’ve widened a lot of intersections, especially when we get the roadway widened,” said Mayor Dennis Clough. “We try to address the most congested areas, which is always the intersection.”
Clough said the city will also be replacing bus stops and sidewalks in affected areas.
“Anything that’s in there that’s going to get torn up, we’re going to have to replace,” he said.
The $2.6 million project is out to bid now and estimates will come in on Feb. 14, Kelly said. He expects construction to last through Thanksgiving. The widening is being funded 20 percent by the city and 80 percent by funds from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
According to Westlake Police Cpt. Guy Turner, officers will be on hand to direct traffic through Thursday. Police suggest Columbia or Crocker roads as north-south alternatives and Interstate 90 or Hilliard Boulevard as east-west alternatives.