Johnstown Independent

Rt. 62 repaving planned from near Johnstown to Knox County


Despite a major resurfacing project set to begin on U.S. Route 62 on Monday, April 14, area leaders aren't panicking about travel disruptions on the road throughout the spring and summer.

Route 62 will be resurfaced from about five miles northeast of Johnstown through Utica to the Knox County line.

Traffic will be maintained on the two-lane road at all times by flaggers, according to information the Ohio Department of Education District 5.

Kokosing Construction Co. is ODOT's contractor for the $2.4 million project, which is expected to be completed by Sept. 30 -- after Northridge Local Schools students start their 2014-15 school year.

Though both Northridge Middle School and Northridge High School are on Route 62, district transportation general manager Pam Cheadle said she isn't concerned about the disruption.

"I'm sure it will affect some of the routes, but certainly not all of them," Cheadle said, adding that changes to bus routes have occurred before and already have been planned in anticipation of the work.

Those changes, she said, are nothing new to experienced bus drivers and the parents of the children they drive.

"(Altering routes) is fairly easy," she said. "The drivers pretty much know their parents, and they'll be sure to call them ahead of time to let them know of the change."

Johnstown Village Manager said he isn't as concerned about the Route 62 construction as he is the state Route 37 repaving. He said that work would directly affect a string of businesses in the village.

"The Route 62 project shouldn't have too much of an effect on us," he said. "It'll affect the traveling public through town, but I don't believe the actual businesses in town will see too much of an effect."