NEW DETAILS: Ohio 48 lane closures in Centerville to slow traffic for months

The closures on Ohio 48, or Main Street, in Centerville started Tuesday and are scheduled to continue into the fall, according to the city. STAFF PHOTO / MARSHALL GORBY
The closures on Ohio 48, or Main Street, in Centerville started Tuesday and are scheduled to continue into the fall, according to the city. STAFF PHOTO / MARSHALL GORBY

Alternative routes are encouraged on Ohio 48 near downtown Centerville as lanes will be closed on one of the city’s busiest roads for several months.

The closures on Ohio 48, or Main Street, started this week as part of Centerville’s 2020 concrete program Phase II and are scheduled to continue into the fall, according to the city.

The southbound right lane will be closed north and south of the intersection of Main and Franklin streets with crews starting work there and moving south to Sheehan Road, according to the city.

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The Main/Franklin intersection has an average of more than 28,000 vehicles a day traveling through it, according to Ohio Department of Transportation records.

Centerville said drivers should “expect delays and consider alternative routes during peak traffic hours,” in a news release.

Of Ohio 48 intersections in Centerville, only the Alex-Bell Road and Interstate 675 intersections have a higher daily average traffic volume, ODOT records show.

The lane closure area will move south with the work, according to the city. Centerville officials said project contractor - Adleta Construction of Cincinnati - will work to move away from the intersection as quickly as possible.

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Phase II of the 2020 concrete program includes curb replacement, curb ramp replacement, sidewalk repairs and various storm improvements.

Traffic will be maintained in at least one lane in both directions and crews will work on one side of the road at a time, city officials said. The project is scheduled to be complete by Nov. 6.

Adleta Construction was awarded a contract of up to $389,435.49 in March after submitting the low bid on the project, city records show.

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Meanwhile, the city has announced the reopening of the Loop Road bridge between Ohio 48 and Ohio 725.

ODOT has been working on bridge repairs since mid-March. They included deck patching with an asphalt overlay, water proofing, work on the east barrier wall, safety fence replacement and guardrail work, according to the city.