TRAX Construction was given the green light to continue work on the County Line Road reconstruction in Russell Township last week. That is because township trustees approved a $294,000 change order with the Willoughby-based contractor at a special meeting on April 23.

“Now that we’ve done this, they are going to start as soon as possible on completing the task,” said Russell Trustee Jim Mueller. TRAX officials confirmed that construction was scheduled to begin on April 24 with the project completed by Sept. 1., Mr. Mueller said.

Mr. Mueller said the road will remain open to all residents throughout the construction process. TRAX halted work on the project during the winter season, he said.

The change order will be split between Russell Township and Hunting Valley, where Mr. Mueller said some of the construction is taking place, with Russell contributing about one-third of the payment and Hunting Valley contributing the remainder. Mr. Mueller said that trustees applied for reimbursement through the Ohio Public Works Department, but he was unsure how much of the $98,000 will be returned to Russell.

At the meeting, Mr. Mueller said the board also met with attorney Todd Raskin in executive session. None of the parties involved in the road project have taken legal action, he said.

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