Raccoon Road reopening reaction: It’s varied

Route 224 at Raccoon Road, Canfield Twp, Mon, Aug. 10, 2015
Looking south at the intersection of Raccoon Road and Route 224 after a portion of Raccoon reopened on Monday Aug. 10, 2015

CANFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Raccoon Road just north of Route 224 in Canfield Township reopened at mid-afternoon on Monday. A short stretch of the roadway was closed for widening as part of the Route 224-Route 11 upgrade and bridge replacement project.

WKBN figured most drivers would be thrilled. Maria Hanes is. She says, “Looks a lot better. I bet traffic will be a lot easier to deal with I’m sure”.

Southbound on Raccoon as you approach Route 224, there are now three lanes available. There’s a left turn lane, a through lane, and a right turn lane. Scott Schilling isn’t that impressed. “It’s wider, that’s about it. It took forever though. The fair’s coming thru soon. That’s going to be a mess. It’s going to be a disaster.”

The Coventry Lighting store just north of the closure even put up temporary signs directing customers around the detour. But business was not affected. Frank Daloise with the store says, ” It really hasn’t been a headache. We’re more of a destination store where people are seeking us out and want to come here. Not a drive-by establishment. Actually revenue has been up, while traffic has been down.

All roadways will be open for the Canfield Fair that’s just three weeks away, but Route 224 westbound will still be reduced to one lane over Route 11. That could mean more people parking in the rear fairground lots off of Leffingwell Road.

Canfield homeowner and fair parking lot entrepreneur Craig Conti admits he hadn’t considered that. “That may, now that you bring up that point, it might be true. That might limit the amount of cars that do pass by here, but I think it’s going to restrict it. But no more than like a rain or thunderstorm restrict people from going to the fair, but they show up anyway”.

Conti makes $600 in parking fees annually during the fair.

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