BOARDMAN and BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – On Monday, Ohio Department of Transportation workers were out talking to businesses in Boardman and Beaver Township about their plan to close the Western Reserve Road bridge.
ODOT will close the bridge starting on June 15, and it will remain closed until early September.
The work is part of an $8.9 million project, which also includes resurfacing I-680 from U.S. 224 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Tommy Campana, owner of the Fireplace Restaurant, had some questions for ODOT Public Information Officer Justin Chesnic.
“We kind of give them a heads up that way if they have any questions or issues we can talk to them,” Chesnic said.
Campana wanted to know what roads his customers can take once the Western Reserve bridge over Interstate 680 shuts down.
“I just think people will re-route themselves, that they will come different ways,” Campana said.
“We’re going to widen the bridge a little bit, add some turning lanes at the intersection, that’ll help traffic flow around a little bit. Plus, you know, the bridge is getting old, close to its useful life. So, it’ll be a new bridge there,” Chesnic said.
Chesnic and two other ODOT representatives talked with and passed out flyers to about 100 businesses along Western Reserve Road from Springfield Road to Market Street.
“It’s going to be a little bit of an inconvenience, I’m sure. Obviously, there’s a lot of traffic here,” Bill DeToro, president of Anatomical Concepts, said.
“The detour for this is basically, you’ll use State Route 7, over to 626 and then over to State Route 164,” Chesnic said.
Once the work is done, Campana expects Western Reserve Road at Interstate 680 to be better for his customers..
“What I am looking forward to is the improvement of the exit. It’s going to be nice,” Campana said.