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Highland students now can take roundabout way to school

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    Signs help direct westbound traffic on Granger Road at the newly completed roundabout at state Route 94 (Ridge Road) in Granger Township. The roundabout opens today in time for the first day of school in the Highland district.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    A large brush-like piece of equipment cleans Granger Road on Tuesday in preparation for the opening today of the new traffic roundabout at state Route 94 (Ridge Road) and Granger in Granger Township.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    A large brush-like piece of equipment cleans Granger Road on Tuesday in preparation for the opening today of the new traffic roundabout at state Route 94 (Ridge Road) and Granger in Granger Township.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    A construction crew worker blows straw off the finished traffic roundabout Tuesday at state Route 94 (Ridge Road) and Granger Road in Granger Township. The project, which began May 30, was completed in time for today's opening of the new academic year for Highland Schools.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    A construction crew worker blows straw off the finished traffic roundabout Tuesday at state Route 94 (Ridge Road) and Granger Road in Granger Township. The project, which began May 30, was completed in time for today's opening of the new academic year for Highland Schools.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    Spreading of straw on grassy areas nearby the new traffic roundabout at state Route 94 (Ridge Road) and Granger Road is shown Tuesday. The roundabout is scheduled to open on time today. This view is shown on Granger Road looking west toward the circle.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    Workers put finishing touches on a new traffic roundabout Tuesday at Granger Road and state Route 94 (Ridge Road) in Granger Township. The construction began May 30 and concluded Tuesday in time for today's first day of school in the Highland district.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    A new guardrail extends hundreds of yards on the northern side of Granger Road east of the new traffic roundabout that opens today.

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GRANGER TWP. — The roundabout at Ridge and Granger roads will be open today for the start of Highland Schools’ academic year.

“We are just finishing some seeding today,” Greg Petersen, general manager of Fechko Excavating in Medina, said Tuesday.

Fechko is the contractor for the $2.5 million project, which began May 30.

Granger Elementary School and the Highland middle and high schools are on Ridge Road (state Route 94).

“We don’t anticipate any issues as it relates to the first day of school and the new roundabout,” Highland spokesperson Dawn Marzano said. “Our routes will remain the same. We are just grateful that the roundabout will be open to the public as initially scheduled.”

Andy Blazek, Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 project engineer, said in a statement: “The project had a lot of work that was completed in a very short amount of time. Despite a few hurdles, we are happy to have the road open prior to the start of school.”

This is the first roundabout project Fechko has worked on.

“We were very lucky to be able to do the work locally,” Petersen said. “We were happy to be able to get the contract. Like any other project, there are struggles and obstacles, but we were committed to be on time and on schedule.”

“This is a monument,” Fechko project foreman Luke Honigman has said. “It will stand for 50-plus years.”

Contact Managing Editor Lawrence Pantages at (330) 721-4065 or lpantages@medina-gazette.com.



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