Following two years of near constant construction, Medina’s state Route 42/North Court Street’s road widening project finally came to an end in October.
The 1.44-mile project stretched from Fenn Road in Medina Township to Harding Street in the city, costing a total of $7.1 million with the city picking up $2.3 million of the total cost. The city also asked that a waterline be replaced underneath the roadway at a cost of $1.2 million.
The project was not without its share of growing pains, with some business owners claiming the lengthy construction timeline impacted their businesses.
When the project was in its infancy, many businesses complained about the medians. In addition, trucks making deliveries coming from the north couldn’t turn left into many businesses.
The project also created frustrations for motorists, with more than 100 people receiving citations or warnings for illegally turning left onto North Court Street from Reagan Parkway.
The road widening project was the most expensive of 15 Ohio Department of Transportation construction projects taking place in Medina County as of April 2018.
The road is now a five-lane roadway through the heart of Medina’s business district.