Roadwork on Scottslawn Road is set to start on July 1. The above picture shows one phase of the project that will close the road between Route 736 and Weaver Road. The picture below shows another phase of the project that closes Scottslawn from Weaver Road to the Heritage entrance. Driver will be urged to use Fladt Road as a detour.
Construction on Scottslawn Road is on track to start earlier than initially anticipated.
Residents will begin to see road signs go up as early as next week.
The project is slated to begin on July 1, said county engineer, Jeff Stauch.
Work will cover more than a mile of road stretching from Route 736 to the area between the Heritage grain facility entrance and the railroad crossing at the Scotts plant.
“We anticipate the work to be fairly straight-forward but we are hoping the weather cooperates,” Stauch said. “We have dealt with some issues with mud and water so far this year and this is a project with a lot of dirt moving.”
Construction will be done in two phases: Route 736 to Weaver Road and Weaver to the Heritage entrance.
Project engineer Matt Rotar said the scope of the project would involve the widening and resurfacing of roads, a minor curve realignment, adding and moving utility poles and adding new turn lanes.
“We will be widening the roadway and from the center line, it will be 16 feet to either side,” Rotar said. “With all the traffic the road gets, especially with truck traffic, the new width will help with safety and make it more structurally sound.”
Crews will add about 10 inches of asphalt that will provide a more strong and durable surface, Rotar said.
“We will be using PG (Performance Grade) 70-22. The asphalt is a high-end asphalt that can handle road surface temperatures of more than 100 degrees down to below zero,” he added. “That will extend the life of the road.”
Crews will also add in two new turn lanes on the road.
There will be a turn lane added going right into the Heritage entrance for traffic headed southbound on Scottlawn Road.
There will also be a right-turn lane added for traffic turning off Scottslawn to Weaver Road.
“We will add some new storm water infrastructure to the ditches and the ditches will also be widened,” Rotar said.
Drivers may have already noticed the new utility poles added to the west side of the road,” he added.
He said the first section of work should be done by the beginning of August and the second at the beginning of October, depending on the weather factors.
During construction, detour signs will be posted rerouting drivers to go Fladt Road to Industrial Parkway or Fladt Road to Route 736.
County commissioners awarded the bid for the project to the Shelly Company out of Thornville at a price just under $2.2 million.
The county receives funding for road and bridge improvements from the gas tax, license user fees and a portion of local sales tax.
“We will be striping the road but it is set to be officially restriped next year,” Rotar said. “It should really be a total improvement of the road.”
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