Ravenna construction may delay school buses

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

Road construction in the southern part of Ravenna is having an impact on motorists, and school buses are no exception.

Starting Monday, Summit Road will be closed for a continuing time at Prospect Street to traffic in both directions, according to Portage County Engineer Michael Marozzi.

Summit Road traffic will detour using Diamond and Lake streets to Prospect Street.

Southbound traffic on Prospect will be maintained but will not have access to Summit Road, and northbound traffic on Prospect will continue to detour using S.R. 5 and S.R. 59.

The Ravenna School District is alerting parents that construction and road closings will impact the times students are picked up and brought home from school for the first several weeks of school, especially the first few days. Students in Ravenna start school on Tuesday, and one elementary school is located on Summit Road.

"We kindly ask that you remain patient throughout this process and contact the transportation department in the case of an emergency," wrote Jeanie Knapp, coordinator of transportation, in a letter to parents.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has had lane restrictions on the S.R. 5 bypass while the intersection with New Milford Road is reconfigured.

The ODOT project is expected to be completed in October, and the county project is expected to wrap up in November.

Superintendent Dennis Honkala said the district has sought to reconfigure bus routes, but wanted to let parents know that some students may wait longer to be picked up or dropped off.

"We did everything we possibly could to make things easier and more managable," he said.

The transportation office may be reached by calling 330-296-6828. Because the department is receiving a high volume of calls, parents with questions are asked to leave a message, which will be returned within 24 hours, Knapp said.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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