Road to a Better Berlin project progresses in Heart of Amish Country
On-street parking to be removed next week
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, March 09, 2016) – To continue progress on the $4.3 million investment to improve safety and better downtown Berlin in Holmes County, the current on-street parking will be removed next Monday, March 14th.
“The first item of work on this project was to construct a brand new, central parking lot for Berlin’s downtown patrons, so we could remove on-street parking to make a center, left-turn lane on Main Street – which was critical to improving the current congestion, traffic flow, and safety of thru travel. That was completed last summer,” said ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam.
Thanks to an unseasonably warm winter and early spring, ODOT’s contractor has been able to work nonstop, since starting last May. In addition to the new parking lot and work along Old Firehouse Rd. (Twp. Rd. 358), two large retaining walls on the south side of the road have been completed, and a new storm sewer has been installed on the north side of the roadway between Berlin Plumbing and the square.
“Starting next week, our contractor will begin installing temporary pavement to allow for work on the south side of roadway,” said MacAdam. “Additionally, we expect all the concrete and intermediate asphalt work west of the square to be completed in April and May.”
By June, work on the south side of the road between the lights should be completed and work on the north side of the road will begin. Work is expected to be completed on the north side of Main Street in July and move into the SR 39 and U.S. 62 intersection.
With the current schedule, work should finish at the square in August, including the lighting and traffic signal installations, and the entire project is set to be completed in September.
“This safety project is intended to better not only travel conditions for motorists but also pedestrians – through the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country,” said MacAdam. Holmes County’s Amish Country attracts approximately 4 million visitors each year.
About a ½ mile of Main Street is being reconstructed, resulting in many improvements, including:
A 51-space parking lot on the south side of Main Street along Twp. Rd. 1001
Widening to include a center, left-turn lane down Main Street
New, wider sidewalks on both sides of Main Street, including ADA ramps at all intersections
New mid-block crosswalk for pedestrians
New curb and storm gutters
New enclosed storm sewer system
And, upgraded traffic signals
Two-way traffic is being maintained throughout construction – with the exception of some nighttime lane restrictions for storm sewer installations and off-peak, weekend intersection closures for tie-in work.
ODOT’s contractor for this project is Shelly & Sands Inc., from Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information, contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email Becky.Giauque@transportation.ohio.gov