Motorists will soon see an end in sight when it comes to the major roadwork associated with two projects taking place concurrently on SOM Center Road in the city’s commercial downtown area.
By month’s end, the work on SOM from Route 422 to the railroad bridge will be complete, Dan Driscoll, construction project administrator, said, and the SOM Center Aurora Road intersection improvement by the end of next month.
The $1.04 million project from Route 422 to the railroad bridge has resulted in 42 vehicle claims as of this week for damage resulting from the project and the unevenness of the road.
“The city continues to follow up with the contractor with regard to the complaints,” Mr. Driscoll said. The contractor, Chagrin Valley Paving, is forwarding them to their insurance carrier.
Mr. Driscoll said the road is “certainly smoother,” due to the base repairs to the concrete base that have been completed. The castings were raised about 3-3.5 inches higher than the road after the existing pavement was milled off.
Since that time, the contractor has installed the leveling course, Mr. Driscoll continued, and adjusted the manhole castings and repaired and replaced catch basins as needed. They are also adjusting water valve and monument boxes and replacing curbs, he added.
This is all in preparation for putting the surface course of asphalt, which is scheduled for later this month. Depending on the temperatures, the final work may be done in the daytime, he said. The materials used require that it is 50 degrees.
“If we don’t have that at night, we will do it in the day because the road needs paved,” he said.
That is also the case down the road at the intersection of SOM Center and Aurora, where a $7.1 million improvement project is also under way.
“They are preparing for putting on a surface course,” Mr. Driscoll said of that project. That paving is scheduled for this weekend, and traffic will be maintained.
The substantial completion date for this week is by the end of November. The project is expected to significantly improve traffic flow at what is considered one of the city’s busiest intersections.
Work also being done includes the adjustment of castings, the repair and replacement of curbs and also the completion of concrete work in the widening areas.
The contractor also has to adjust the temporary traffic signals, Mr. Driscoll said.
“When they put the new surface on, they will stripe it to the new pavement configuration with extra lanes and will adjust signals to match up with those lanes,” he said.
“Both of these projects will be done soon,” Mr. Driscoll noted.