Streetsboro -- Residents who encountered long lines of traffic from Aug. 12-15 on Frost Road as a road construction project proceeded should be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel the week of Aug. 26, Mayor Glenn Broska believes.
A 1.67-mile section of Frost Road is being repaved between Interstate 480 and Route 43, and traffic was reduced to one lane last week, police said.
Broska said the top coat of paving was being applied Aug. 19, and he expects the entire project will be done during the week of Aug. 26.
As of press time, the portion of the road from the aprons to the sidewalks still need to be finished, he said.
According to the contract, the work must be finished by Aug. 30, he said.
Broska understands motorists' frustrations, but he said the project could not be done at night because it is a residential area.
"We have tried to keep the residents informed," Broska said. "We have asked them to avoid the area if they can. They'd be better off finding an alternative route rather than getting stuck in the traffic on Frost Road."
Broska said about 21,000 vehicles typically travel on Frost Road each day.
City Hall has received "a lot of calls" about the traffic delays, he added.
"It's frustrating from the standpoint that it is a construction project where traffic has to be maintained, but it is a temporary inconvenience," Broska said. "The end result is, it will be smooth and paved and a much nicer ride for them. They will give up a couple days for paving, but for the next 7-8 years, they'll be driving on a nice, smooth road."
Police Lt. Darin Powers recommended that motorists take Route 43 to Route 14 as a detour. If motorists are going north toward Aurora, they could use Aurora-Hudson Road as a detour.
"We ask that, if at all possible, motorists find an alternate route, but if they must travel on Frost Road, expect delays," Powers said. "The city understands the frustration and inconvenience due to the delays during the construction. However, the paving of Frost Road was badly needed, and once it is complete, Frost Road will be a much better road to travel on."
Powers said one lane of traffic will be flowing at all times. He said the specific lane closures may vary throughout the day, depending on where paving is being done, but there are flaggers in place to keep both eastbound and westbound traffic moving as much as possible. He said this creates delays since each direction has to stop while the other direction is waved through.
Until the project is complete, Broska said residents need to try to be patient.
"Folks need to understand it is for the betterment of the whole city," he said. "They just need to plan accordingly and give themselves a few extra minutes."
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