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Ledge Road at Route 8 in Northfield Village closed to through traffic Aug. 2. Local traffic only is permitted on the stretch of road extending east toward Lee Eaton Elementary School.
The project entails digging out the pavement and relaying the road with concrete, along with new drainage features and a sidewalk from Route 8 to the school. The project is expected to be completed by by mid-November at the latest, said Service Director Jason Walters.
Northfield Village announced the closure in an email to the News Leader, stating the timing of the project will likely interfere with school traffic beginning Aug. 24.
The release says state guidelines are responsible for the timing, as the work is being partially paid for through an Ohio Public Works Commission State Issue 1 Local Transportation Improvement Project Grant of around $350,000. The village also is receiving a Summit County Community Development Block Grant of $50,000.
Under grant guidelines, the village could not start the bidding process until June 17, the release states. Lockhart Concrete Construction Co. was the lowest bidder at around $640,000 when bids were opened June 23. The village did not get approval from the state to proceed with the project until July 7.
The company was given notice to proceed at a July 15 pre-construction meeting. It has 120 days from July 15 to complete this project and closed Ledge Road Aug. 2 to begin staging materials. Construction is expected to begin Aug. 4 and the road will remain closed until completion, the release states.
“The village of Northfield realizes that the project creates an inconvenience, and we do apologize,” the release continues, adding village officials understand the timing of the project will “create more issues with school traffic … but the village had to follow the guidelines of the state Issue 1 grant funding. So again, we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433