Lancaster paving projects schedule changes

September 27, 2013 by  

Lancaster, Ohio, residents will soon face road closures and detours, though perhaps not as many as they expected, since some paving projects scheduled for this year will move to 2014.

It has been revealed that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has five separate projects, costing about $7.5 million, scheduled for the Lancaster area, but only two will go forward this fall – the repaving of U.S. 22 (known as “Main Street” in town) from eastern corporation line to High Street, and work on Ohio 37, from U.S. 22 to east corporation line.

The three projects now pushed back to 2014 are the repaving of Ohio 158, Ohio 37, and Ohio 188. The first will be repaved from northern corporation limit to Main Street; the second from northern corporation limit/Creekside Drive to Rising Park, and the third from northern corporation limit/Lynn Drive to Main Street. The delay is necessary because contractors did not start work until after Labor Day, and will not have time to finish before winter sets in this year.

Business owners in the areas affected appear happy to see the work being done, even though it might disrupt some of their customers. Dan Miller, who co-owns the Good Housekeeping Shop, notes that curbs in front of his store are crumbling, presenting safety issues to customers, especially seniors who come to the shop. He also notes that traffic is heavy because there are two state highways, Ohio 22 and Ohio 37, using the same thoroughfare.

Lancaster officials could consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer for residents, explaining the closures and listing alternate routes.