The $440,080 project will replace storm sewers in the underpass with larger pipes to alleviate flooding from heavy rains. The underpass is expected to be closed from Friday until Dec. 3. But three other intersections will be affected during that time.
Prospect at Hayes Road, which leads east to S.R. 5, will be closed for the duration of the work, according to Portage County Engineer Michael A. Marozzi.
Marozzi said the intersections at Summit and Skeels streets will also be closed for two weeks each at different times of the project.
"The underpass will be closed for a maximum of 60 days and that includes the Hayes Road connector," he said.
The intersection at Prospect and Summit will be closed as work progresses. "We don't have a date on that yet," Marozzi said.The closure will be announced as soon as dates are set, Marozzi said. Detours around that closure will be posted to keep drivers on the right path.
Third leg of the project will close Skeels Street at Prospect on the north side of the underpass for 14 days at some point.
"The contractor has to extend storm sewer lines across both those intersections," Marozzi said.
The official primary detour for northbound traffic will be to follow the S.R. 5 bypass from S.R. 44 in Rootstown to S.R. 14, then to S.R. 59 at Cotton Corners and back west to downtown on S.R. 59. Southbound traffic will run the reverse.
When the Summit/Prospect intersection is closed, east bound traffic on Summit will be detoured north or south on Lakewood Road at Lake Hodgson.
Southbound traffic will go south on Lakewood to Sandy Lake Road and then east on Sandy Lake back to S.R. 44.
Northbound traffic will go north on Lakewood to S.R. 59 and then east into Ravenna.
In the city, a road project on Diamond Street north of the railroad tracks has caused a detour of local traffic along Jefferson to Main Street through the end of the year.
Marozzi said the detours will be well marked to guide motorists unfamiliar with the area. But Marozzi said he expects local motorists to find other ways around the work, which may put more traffic on residential streets.