Prematurely posted signs jump the gun on Wellington underpass 35-day closure


By Kelsey Leyva - kleyva@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Construction crews continue paving on the north side of the tracks.

Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Construction crews continue paving on the north side of the tracks.


Don’t trust the signs.

Residents were warned of a 35-day closure to begin Sept. 21 for a portion of Rt. 58 due to work on the village railway underpass project.

Those signs were posted prematurely and the extended closure has yet to be scheduled, according to Ohio Department of Transportation engineer Brian Rawlings.

An internal miscommunication between a contractor and sub-contractor working on the underpass project resulted in the early posting of the signs.

“We’re still waiting on the contractor to submit a date of when they’re going to close it,” Rawlings said.

Rt. 58 will be closed from Rt. 18 to Jones Street. That means Kelly, Elm, and Depot Street won’t have through access.

Residents will still be able to access the LorMet Community Federal Credit Union and some of the other businesses south of the tracks during the closure.

He’s hopeful the extended closure will start by Sept. 28.

For now, crews will continue to work on the paving and the painting of the bridge. Rawlings said the good weather has allowed a lot to get done.

“After this week we should have most of the pavement complete,” he said.

During the 35-day roadblock, crews will work on paving the north side of the tracks and tying the new road into the existing portion of Rt. 58.

“When we reopen it’ll be on the new alignment,” Rawlings said. “It’ll be totally different.”

The intersections at Kelly and Depot streets will be moved and traffic will no longer cross over the tracks. Cars will instead travel under the new bridge.

Rawlings said the first few days of any road closing can be confusing for some and cause slight delays, but once the locals get used to it they should have no trouble getting around the village.

He’s hoping the project will be complete by the end of November.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWe_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Construction crews continue paving on the north side of the tracks.

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Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Construction crews continue paving on the north side of the tracks.

By Kelsey Leyva

kleyva@civitasmedia.com

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