AKRON: The large portion of Merriman Road in Northwest Akron that was closed for months for sewer work opened to traffic this week.

The stretch of road will be resurfaced in early summer

The work is part of a massive sewer project, estimated to cost more than $1 billion, and designed to curb sewage overflows into local waterways. Also along Merriman Road, during the construction period, Dominion East Ohio replaced natural gas lines. Also in the area, the city replaced lead water lines with copper ones.

The city announced the opening of the stretch of Merriman Road — a major connector from Merriman Valley to West Akron and the city’s downtown ­— in a Twitter post: “Merriman Road has been opened to through traffic!”

Accompanying the post was a picture of actor Chuck Norris giving a thumb’s up.