LAKE TWP.: A survey crew hired by the Ohio Department of Transportation is placing orange markings along the heavily traveled state Route 619 heading to the popular Hartville Kitchens and Hartville Hardware in preparation for construction that should begin by 2017.
“We going ahead with the road widening project there,” Justin Chesnic, public information officer for ODOT’s District 4 said Tuesday.
ODOT is in the planning stages, getting designs prepared for the project, Chesnic said.
The two-lane road, which has only a short center turn lane for eastbound traffic into parking areas, causes traffic backups on the road. The estimated $9 million project would include the addition of two lanes, one in each direction, a center turn lane, plus roundabouts at Kaufman and King Church avenues.
Turn lanes would be constructed at Market Avenue, widening the highway to five lanes from Kaufman to Milan avenues.
The state will begin right-of-way acquisitions by 2014 that should take a year or more, Chesnic said.
The project should be ready to bid by 2016.