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MEDINA — The city is gearing up to begin a construction project on West Smith Road in mid-April, a fix that will take an asphalt road heavily damaged by increased industrial traffic and turn it into a sturdy, concrete thoroughfare.

Fechko Excavating, of Medina, was awarded a $1.5 million contract to reconstruct about a half-mile of West Smith Road from Commerce Drive to Lake Road. It also will replace the water lines and storm sewers in

Phase 3 of the project.

City Engineer Pat Patton received a grant of $455,606 for the project from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

He said the road is expected to be open to the public by Oct. 12, weather permitting. The project should be completed by November, he said, after cleanup and landscaping is finished.

Patton said Phase 1 was from Lake Road to the railroad tracks on West Smith Road, and Phase 2 was from the railroad tracks just past State Road.

The final phase will be from State Road to Court Street.

“We’re seeking grants for that,” Patton said. “We were not successful the first time around, but we’re hoping we will be this time around.”

Patton said he’s received bids for the West Smith Road reconstruction project, Phase 3, between Lake and Commerce.

“(West Smith Road) is getting used more and more used by industrial traffic,” the city engineer said.

The road is currently asphalt and the city has done a lot of patchwork to keep it passable in the last few years, he said. This new road will be concrete.

Work will be going on during the Medina County Fair the first week of August, but it won’t have a huge impact on fair traffic.

“Lake Road and Smith Road will always be open,” Patton said. “There might be a little bit of hassle coming in from the west, but not much.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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