You’ll finally get to drive under the railroad tracks at Wellington’s long-in-the-works underpass in just a couple of weeks, we’re told.
“It’s getting real close,” said village manager Steve Pyles. “We’re hopeful it will open to through traffic in the coming weeks.”
The $16 million project began in April 2013 and has been delayed several times due to weather and hiccups in construction such as the discovery of tough clay deposits.
Ohio Department of Transportation engineer Brian Rawlings is hoping to have Rt. 58 open before Thanksgiving.
A 35-day closure to finish Wellington’s railroad underpass started Oct. 12 and was expected to be finished on Nov. 16, but it is being expanded at least another week.
Rawlings said workers are trying to make up as much time as they can.
Workers still have to pave streets, pour sidewalks, and finish minor projects before opening, he said.
Even once the underpass opens, construction will not be done.
“There’s still going to be work through winter and early next year,” Rawlings said. Kelly Street will remain closed even once Rt. 58 opens, he said, and Depot and Elm streets will reopen with 58.
The old railroad crossings have to be torn out and replaced and work needs to be completed on Kelly Street. “We would like to have (Kelly Street) open by winter,” Rawlings said.
Pyles is pleased with how the project looks.
“I think now people can really visualize what it looks like,” he said. ” I think people feel positive about it.”
Pyles said village officials and construction workers wanted to make the underpass match Wellington’s architectural look and he believes that has been accomplished.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-647-3171 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.
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Construction workers continue to pave streets and pour sidewalks near the underpass before opening later this month.
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