Both lanes of traffic on Guilford Boulevard are scheduled to reopen Tuesday. NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE
MEDINA — The rumble of vehicles traveling along Guilford Boulevard may sound like music to residents compared to months of construction in the southeast quadrant of the city.
Closed since June 3, both lanes of Guilford are expected to be open to traffic at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting, according to a news release.
One lane has been open since last week, but the road will close completely at 9 this morning for three days for final pavement work and installing curbs.
The news release said this will provide a better finished roadway and will take less time than if one lane was poured, followed by curing for three days, and then pouring the other lane and waiting another three days.
At about 7 a.m. Tuesday, one lane will reopen, controlled by a traffic light, while Fabrizi Trucking and Paving Co., of Middleburg Heights, works on sidewalks and road edges.
“Then Wednesday evening, we’ll be back to normal,” said Fred Himmelreich, assistant city engineer.
There have been some complaints, he said, about people not obeying the traffic light on the street when it’s reduced to one lane.
The city did away with flaggers on the street the first or second day after the bridge was replaced, he said, and added that if reports indicated there was a need for flaggers, the city could always add some.
“There wasn’t a need for them,” Himmelreich explained. “There wasn’t a high enough demand.
“There have been no accidents.”
Until the street is open, the city asks that drivers avoid Guilford Boulevard at East Smith Road to alleviate unnecessary delays.
Residents with questions can contact the city engineer’s office at (330) 722-9034.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or email@example.com.