Traffic disruptions on, near Marsh Road to continue during sewer line replacement

by Jeremy Nobile | Reporter Published:

Stow ­-- Traffic will remain muddled on Marsh Road as the county repairs a sewer main that runs under the street.

Tim Gott, project manager with the Summit County Department of Environmental Services, said traffic will remain disrupted on Marsh Road as a 4,000-foot-long portion of sewer line is replaced.

Work began in late March, and through traffic has been controlled to one lane on that street ever since.

Stow City Engineer Jim McCleary noted that after an April 4 meeting, he learned the county plans to block traffic entirely at the intersection of Marsh Road and Kent Road (Route 59) -- where Lube Stop is located -- for one full day at some point this coming week.

"We just don't know which full day and when they're going to start that just yet," he said.

At that time, traffic will be detoured to North River Road.

McCleary noted anyone curious about the status of the project and road delays can call the DOES 24-hour hotline at 330-688-4865. He noted that anyone wondering when Marsh Road specifically will be closed at Route 59 should try calling the number after Monday.

Eastbound traffic on Route 59 will be reduced to one lane for about a week at some point in the future also, McCleary said, as the project takes workers under Kent Road.

When those disruptions occur is contingent on how quickly other work is completed.

The sewer line being repaired, which was first installed in 1987, has had ongoing problems with leaks, Gott said. The main carries sewage to the Fishcreek Wastewater Treatment plant.

Akron-based Lockhart Concrete Co. is carrying out the $887,000 project, Gotta said, with work being paid for through the county's capital improvement funds and through low-interest loans from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which is administered through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Gott said the whole project is estimated to be entirely completed in September, but noted workers should be done on Marsh Road in June. The rest of the work will take place in the Acme parking lot on the other side of Kent Road after that.

Gott said even more work on the same main is expected to be completed in a separate project sometime next year.

In other orange-barrel projects, McCleary said a $147,000 project -- featuring an 80/20 split in cost with federal funds covering most of the work -- to replace a waterline under Route 91 outside Tip Top restaurant was completed last week.

He said the state will begin work on replacing the culvert outside Tip Top next in the near future.

Brent Kovacs, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 public information officer, said in February that project is estimated to cost $300,000 (which will be covered entirely by the state) and slated to begin in April.

That work, he said, could result in a road closure for up to 10 days.

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