CUYAHOGA FALLS — Reconstruction of a 1-mile stretch of Howe Avenue will not begin until after city officials and the contractor meet in the first week of April, an Ohio Department of Transportation official said.

Justin Chesnic, public information officer for ODOT, said he will not know the start date for the $5.9 million project until after the pre-construction session. Akron-based Kenmore Construction will replace the current concrete material with asphalt, Chesnic said.

Howe Avenue will be reconstructed from Main Street to Buchholzer Boulevard. Once the project begins, Howe Avenue traffic will be one way, westbound only, while eastbound traffic will be detoured around the shopping area via Independence Avenue, Chesnic said. Motorists exiting Route 8 and heading east on Howe Avenue will have to go south on Home Avenue, east on Independence Avenue and then north on Buchholzer so that they can then head west on Howe to access businesses on the south side of Howe.

The project will be suspended in late fall, pick up again in spring of 2020, and is scheduled to be finished in fall of 2020, Chesnic said.

He said Cuyahoga Falls is paying $1.2 million for the project, while the remaining funding will come from ODOT and the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS). Chesnic added he did not have a breakdown of how much money would be provided by ODOT and AMATS.

He said work will be performed at Howe Avenue and Main Street early in the project.

“There will be some closures there ranging from seven to 14 days,” he said. “They’re going to build that quadrant, do the west side first, and then do the southeast side and then the northeast corner.”

There will be some ramp closures from Route 8 to Howe Avenue while work is being done on Howe between Route 8 and Main Street.

 

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