A 35-day closure to finish Wellington’s railroad underpass project has finally been scheduled.
Starting Oct. 12, Rt. 58 will be closed from Rt. 18 to Jones Street. Ohio Department of Transportation engineer Brian Rawlings said he is hoping to have the new road open by Thanksgiving.
Rawlings initially intended to have the closure start by Sept. 28, but construction crews needed to reach a certain point in the project before scheduling the closure.
“If we didn’t get enough work done before the closure then we could have possibly had to extend the closure and we didn’t really want to do that,” he said.
During the 35-day roadblock, construction crews will work on regrading, realigning intersections, paving the north side of the tracks, and tying the new road into the existing portion of Rt. 58.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” Rawlings said. “It’s going to be busy.”
The second-to-last phase will involve removing the crossing on Rt. 58.
All traffic will go through the new underpass.
But when the road reopens, Kelly Street will still be closed between the state route and Johns Street and won’t reopen until the very end of the project. Some sidewalks and driveways will need paved after the main closure is lifted.
The new project completion date is Dec. 4. The original date was August 2014, making it about a year-and-a-half overdue.
Rawlings said September has been great as far as weather, but noted that it is getting late in the season.
“Weather certainly will impact the project but to what extent I don’t know. Everybody at ODOT and in the village is very focused on getting the road done this season. We could use some really good weather this fall.”
He said it’s likely crews will work extended hours and Sundays once they get into the closure to ensure the project is done by December.
Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.
Photo by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Signs have been posted on the north and south side of the train tracks on Rt. 58 informing residents of the closure that will begin Oct. 12.
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