Ohio 48 work in Centerville expected to slow traffic



Traffic is expected to be slowed with the resurfacing of a busy stretch of Ohio 48 in Centerville later this year.

Lane closures are expected with the work on the state route from Ohio 725 (Franklin Street) to the southern corporation line with Washington Twp., according to Centerville officials.

“Drivers should expect lanes of traffic to be closed while the work is being performed, but at least one lane of traffic will be open in both directions,” Centerville Assistant City Engineer David Swanson said in an email.

The Ohio 48/Franklin intersection is the third busiest crossroads on the north/south state route in Centerville. It has a daily average of 28,570 vehicles a day, Ohio Department of Transportation records show.

The Interstate 675 interchange is first (41,510 vehicles daily), followed by the Alex-Bell Road intersection (33,970 cars daily), according to the state.

The ODOT project expected to cost about $1.39 million will have at least one lane of traffic open in both directions for the nearly 1.5-mile project, tentatively scheduled from August to mid-October, according to the city.

Centerville is expected to pay for 20% of the work’s cost, about $278,600, records show.

Three other projects near that area of Ohio 48, or Main Street in Centerville, that are currently in the works or planned are not expected to coincide with the resurfacing, Swanson said.

Franklin Street will be paved in the first half of June. A CenterPoint Energy gas line project on Ohio 48 from Franklin to Peach Grove Avenue is also set to be completed before the repaving, as is traffic signal redesign work at Ohio 48 and Spring Valley Road, he added.

Swanson said driveway access on Ohio 48 in the construction zone will be maintained.

“The road is showing typical signs of wear and tear,” Swanson said.

Ohio 48 from Edenhurst Drive to Franklin was last resurfaced in 2012 and Edenhurst to Sheehan Road was done in 2005, he said.

The city’s goal is to repave thoroughfares on a 15-year cycle, Swanson said.

ODOT plans to bid the project in June, according to Centerville Public Works Director Pat Turnbull.

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