Fairfield drivers need to go off the beaten track

April 2, 2013 by  

Motorists who use Lakota Drive West will have to find alternate routes while road crews work to replace a culvert.

The road will close this Thursday, April 4, for approximately two weeks. Authorities hope to have the road open again sometime the week of April 15.

Additional construction is expected to take place closer to the Fairfield border, as officials add another lane and make additional improvements to Seward Road, in the stretch between Symmes Road and Port Union Road. The reason for the highway improvement is economic development, according to Fairfield city manager Art Pizzano, who cited the examples of Western States (which built a new plant), Takumi Stamping’s expansion, and IntelliTrak’s planned move to Seward Road as indicators that businesses are being drawn to this part of the city and need improved road access.

The Seward Road project includes resurfacing the road, repairing its base, and widening the shoulders. When finished, the road will have three lanes that are each 12 feet wide, plus generous four-foot shoulders. The improved road should be able to handle the anticipated increase in traffic to the new businesses.

Seward Road will be closed to all traffic, except local drivers, starting June 3 and lasting throughout the summer. Mount Pleasant Blacktopping is reported to be handling the work for approximately $1.6m. Money for the improvements is coming from the community, as well as the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Fairfield officials might work with flyer printing experts to develop material to mail to area residents to keep them informed of the project’s status, the detours, and suggested driving routes.