November 24, 2014

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Route 611 bridge enhancement in Avon moving along

Vonstruction on state Route 611, in front of B.J.'s Wholesale, has been backing up traffic heading to and from I-90 in Avon. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Vonstruction on state Route 611, in front of B.J.’s Wholesale, has been backing up traffic heading to and from I-90 in Avon. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Milling and resurfacing has begun on state Route 611 as part of a bridge enhancement project.

Construction will take place on state Route 611 from Detroit Road to the intersection south of the Interstate 90 bridge near BJ’s Wholesale Club. The phase is projected to be completed by Sept. 9, according to a news release from Robert Knopf Jr., the city’s engineer.

There will be two-way, one-lane traffic on state Route 611 between Detroit Road and the Interstate 90 bridge during construction.

The project has been in the works since March 2010 when Avon received a $600,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant from The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to install a pedestrian bridge along state Route 611 on the Interstate 90 bridge.

The overall project budget is approximately $4.5 million after the transportation enhancement grant increased to approximately $1.18 million. The local share of the project is $600,000, with the remainder coming from state funds, according to the news release.

The second phase of the project will widen the Interstate 90 bridge on both sides. There will be sidewalks and bike paths placed on both sides except where the Chester Road relocation project, estimated to start July 2014, will conflict.

This phase will start in mid-September and continue to Nov. 1, 2014.  There two-way traffic — one lane in each direction — will be maintained until Sept. 1, 2014.

According to Knopf, the projects will cause “an extreme amount of traffic congestion during the rush-hour times.” It is recommended that residential travelers seek an alternate route, if available.

The Abbe Road bridge should be open before the lane constrictions occur, according to the news release.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.