The projected completion date for the $17 million U.S. Route 42 widening project is Oct. 15, 2018. That won’t be soon enough for many of the businesses along the road’s corridor in Medina city and township.
The project has kicked into high gear, according to reports presented at an Ohio Department of Transportation meeting Tuesday afternoon at Medina Fire Station 1. About 35 people attended, including ODOT employees.
One business owner wondered what the economic value of this project will be. He said he hopes businesses won’t be closed by the time it’s done.
Medina city engineer Patrick Patton said the project was done for safety and efficiency.
“That roadway was not functioning well,” he said.
The Fenn Road section of the project is done in Medina Township and ODOT officials said they are pleased with the outcome. Officials said their goal is to complete work to the Reagan Parkway intersection this year.
Medina Township officials said businesses are opposed to the medians on a stretch of Route 42. They wonder how trucks coming from the north will turn around and turn left for deliveries. Some say they’ll have to travel south to Public Square in Medina to turn around and come back north.
“We’ll continue to look at it,” said Mike Fair, an ODOT administrator.
Medina Township Trustee Ray Jarrett said many of the business that would be affected by the medians are upset. Some wonder if the medians will affect their property value.
Trustees said they attended an ODOT meeting Tuesday morning.
“We brought up the concerns,” Jarrett said. “They said it’s in the design/change stage right now. It’s drawn up. (The medians are) basically going to go in, but we’ll listen to the business owners. They said they’ll have another meeting.
“All the business owners are adamant against them. Even our safety forces — police and fire — have a concern about access to the properties.”
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