Overpasses to ease traffic delays for RR PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 07 June 2013 08:42
Fred Gibson waits on a train at the intersection of Drouillard and Wales in Northwood. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
NORTHWOOD - A $12.3 million infrastructure project nine years in the making and designed to decrease traffic congestion caused by trains has reached its final leg in the city.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is constructing two overpasses, a new connector road bringing together Drouillard Road and Wales Road, and is reconfiguring a section of Wales Road.
As ODOT nears completion of the project, road closures have been slated. Beginning Monday, through September, Wales Road, between Oram Road and East Broadway Road, will be closed. Walbridge Road, Interstate 280, Woodville Road, Oakdale Avenue and East Broadway Street are detour routes. Local access will be maintained. Drouillard Road at Wales Road will remain open until July.
"We have been able to do a lot of the work off-line and have not had to do a lot of closures until now," said Theresa Pollick public information officer for ODOT's District Two.
"The road closures are a bit of a pain, but the benefit in the long run is worth a little pain now," said Northwood Administrator Bob Anderson. "And the people here are used to detouring around trains."
The overpasses will go over top both the CSX and Norfolk Southern tracks. The connector road will bypass the Norfolk Southern tracks and allow motorists to curve directly from Drouillard to Wales.
The overpasses and connector road will ease the flow of traffic, allow for quicker commercial deliveries and increase safety.
It could also mean fewer headaches and late arrivals for residents.
"Most of the time you are going to run into a train and you just don't know how long you are going to have to wait," Anderson said.
"These two overpasses over the train tracks will help the traffic move from here to I-75," he said.
City leaders are also optimistic the project will serve as a catalyst for increased business in Northwood.
"Hopefully when traffic gets moving easier, people will started heading over this way," Anderson said.
While construction began over a year ago, Northwood city leaders conceptualized the idea nearly a decade ago.
"We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," Anderson said.
The projected completion date is November.

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