North Carpenter

After crews put the finishing touches on the first phase of the North Carpenter Road reconstruction project in December, work is now underway on the project’s final phase which will affect the portion of North Carpenter Road between Boston and Grafton roads.

BRUNSWICK – Though orange barrel season is technically still a few months away, the city’s public service director says work is already underway for the second phase of the North Carpenter Road widening project, set to take place this summer.

Paul Barnett told city council this past week that crews for the Ohio Department of Transportation have already started to work on the installation of the storm sewers along the stretch of North Carpenter Road between Boston and Grafton roads.

While city motorists can expect detours and delays on the roadway starting as early as April 1, Barnett said the initial phases of the project scheduled to be completed over the next eight weeks will not involve any lane closures.

“Both the northbound and southbound lanes will remain open throughout this entire process,” he said.

Barnett said all of the underground work is expected to be complete by the end of March, with work on the above-ground phase of the project scheduled to get underway in April.

“That’s when ODOT plans to start going full guns on the project,” Barnett said.

As the first half of the $11.4 million project wrapped up in December, both north and southbound lanes of North Carpenter Road have been open to the public for the past two months. However, as work resumes this spring, motorists can expect two separate 60-day lane closures for a total of 120 days starting in April.

Contractor Shelly & Sands has indicated that throughout the duration of the project, northbound traffic only will be maintained during the construction limits and all southbound traffic will be detoured.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on North Carpenter Road between Grafton and Center roads, Consulting City Engineer Matt Jones said.

The entire project – which is the largest and most costly single road project in the city’s history – is expected to be completed before the fall of 2020, weather dependent.

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