Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Lakota West Drive will close for nearly two weeks near Lakota West High School beginning Thursday.
Eastbound Lakota Drive West traffic will detour south on Union Centre and east on West Chester Road. Westbound traffic would reverse the route.
Meanwhile, close to the West Chester and Fairfield border, construction is expected to begin in May to add a lane and make other improvements to Seward Road between Port Union and Symmes roads.
It is touted as a project that will draw or keep businesses in the city’s industrial corridor.
“A large part of this is driven by economic development,’’ said Art Pizzano, Fairfield’s city manager.
He pointed to Western States, which is building a 76,000 square foot plant on Commerce Center Drive, the expansion of Takumi Stamping, and the move by IntelliTrak from Forest Park to Seward Road, announced last fall.
The project involves widening shoulders, adding a center turn lane, repairing the road’s base and resurfacing of the road. When completed, the road would have three, 12-foot wide lanes with four-foot shoulders to handle the heavy truck and commuter traffic.
The road will close to all but local traffic beginning June 3, through most of the summer. Local traffic will be maintained by limiting it to the northbound direction only.
The work will be done by Mount Pleasant Blacktopping at a cost of about $1.6 million. Money to pay for the project is coming from a $150,430 Community Development Block Grant, a $680,000 Ohio Public Works Commission Grant with the final $769,570 coming from the city’s street improvement fund.
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