December 20, 2014

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What you need to know about Route 57 road work

A road project in Elyria involving state Route 57 will get rid of the 49th Street bridge. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

A road project in Elyria involving state Route 57 will get rid of the 49th Street bridge. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — The orange barrels have come to Elyria, and they will be around for some time to come.

It will be a long haul until August 2016 when the reconstruction of state Route 57 and the removal of the 49th Street Bridge is complete. Here’s what you need to know:

This week, crews will alter traffic patterns on side street intersections with Route 57.

The first is the intersection of Midway Mall Boulevard and Tillotson Street. The next is the intersection of Midway Mall Boulevard and Leona Street. Expect delays until mid-August.

There will be intermittent shoulder closures along Route 57 this week. Crews will be removing trees and shrubs as needed.

Most of this year’s work will be near Route 57 from Interstate 90 to Beechwood Drive and Schadden Road.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is heading up the $20 million project that aims to improve safety and reduce congestion in the commercial area around Midway Mall.

There could be times when lanes are restricted in the coming weeks, but ODOT has said at least two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained.