CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A $6.5 million project to spruce up the intersection of State Routes 224 and 11 in Canfield is nearly done as of Monday.
The majority of restrictions in the area have already been lifted, according to Ohio Department of Transportation Spokesman Brent Kovacs.
The changes were designed to quickly move traffic onto and off of State Route 11, making for less congestion in the quarter-mile stretch. Kovacs said cars now flow easier through the two intersections on either side of the bridge.
“We’ve made tons of improvements here on Raccoon and Fairgrounds Boulevard,” he said. “The future fair-goers are going to have an easy time getting to the fair, and folks trying to get across the bridge are going to have an easy time too, so it’s definitely been a big improvement here in Canfield.”
Kovacs said the items which still need attention include:
- Line painting on Raccoon Road and the bridge over State Route 11
- Installing signal poles at Fairground Boulevard
- Installing signal loops (sensors in the pavement that tell traffic signals when to switch)
- There will be various lane restrictions that will run still through mid-November.
The project will continue for a few more weeks and is on budget, according to Kovacs.
“We have to do some permanent line striping on the bridge and also on Raccoon Road. We have to do some signal improvements here at the intersection with Fairground Boulevard,” he said. “Just little stuff, which we call punch-list items.”
The most noticeable item that remains involves putting up new poles which will hold the traffic lights.