MEDINA — A contractor missed the deadline for having its $833,000 Guilford Boulevard culvert and bridge replacement project done before the start of school.
However, one lane of traffic will be open about 8 p.m. Tuesday, weather permitting, the city announced Friday in a news release. Previously, the city said one lane of the road would be open Wednesday.
Traffic-control flaggers will assist in morning and evening rush hours. During non-rush hours, a traffic light will cycle traffic through the construction area one direction at a time.
The city recommends avoiding the area if it’s not necessary to travel on Guilford. It said there “undoubtedly” will be delays.
School is scheduled to begin Monday. Medina Schools has altered 15 bus routes in the district to ensure students will arrive at school on time. Medina didn’t alter bus routes for Heritage Elementary School, located south of the project on Guilford, since most of its students are walkers or are taken to school by car, a spokesperson said.
The city also announced that the road will be closed again at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 for about four days for final pavement installation. The road is scheduled to be open in both directions about 7 a.m. Sept. 4. Fabrizi Trucking and Paving, the contractor, will continue working on sidewalks and road edges, but two lanes of traffic will be permitted.
The plan is to use equipment to pave the entire road along with curbs. This provides a
better-finished roadway and takes less time than pouring one lane, waiting three days for the cure, then pouring the other lane and waiting another three days.
Contractors also will work weekends, and the city is working with local suppliers for after-hours access to needed materials for this project. Fabrizi blamed rain for the delay in replacing the culvert and
40-year-old bridge over Champion Creek.
The city will continue to provide traffic control with police officers on South Broadway at Wadsworth and East Smith roads.
“We appreciate the community’s support and understanding as we work to complete this project in a safe manner for both the public and contractors,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said in a statement.
Residents with any questions can call City Engineer Pat Patton at (330) 722-9034.