The Ohio Department of Transportation restarted its pavement replacement project along state Route 8 on Monday, meaning motorists traveling the highway through Stow, Cuyahoga Falls and Hudson will encounter various lane restrictions now through the summer of 2022.
The $58 million project — which began last fall — involves replacing nearly 6 miles of pavement between Graham Road and state Route 303.
ODOT closed the left lanes in both directions of the six-lane highway and is installing barrier walls so work can begin in the middle of the road later this month or early next month. Two lanes will be maintained in each direction.
The highway is expected to return to six lanes in October.
ODOT will focus on the northbound side of the highway next year and the southbound side in 2021. The final paving is slated for 2022.
The project is expected to create an inconvenience for the 60,000 vehicles a day that travel Route 8, which connects Akron with its northern suburbs.
"Slow down. Give yourself extra time," ODOT spokesman Justin Chesnic said when asked if he had any advice for travelers.
The pavement work is just one of several high-profile construction projects coming to Route 8.
Other upcoming work includes replacing the Route 8 bridge that spans the Little Cuyahoga River Valley in Akron and rebuilding the Central Interchange where Route 8, Interstate 76 and Interstate 77 meet in Akron.
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