Scott Farms residents trapped by traffic
Residents of the Scott Farms subdivision may be feeling a little boxed in these days.
Two major road construction projects kicked off Monday, Aug. 6, with orange barrels redirecting traffic patterns on the bridge on state Route 4 over U.S. Route 33 and at the intersection of state Route 4 and County Home Road.
The main entrance into Scott Farms sits directly in the middle of both projects.
"The project on the bridge on state Route 4 over U.S. 33 is an actual bridge replacement," Marysville Public Information Officer Anna Krutowskis said.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is in charge of the $1.6-million bridge project. It is replacing and widening the bridge deck over Route 33 to build a sidewalk.
"ODOT has told us that the project will be complete in June of 2013,"Krutowskis said.
ODOT plans to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction, she said.
The long-awaited addition of a traffic light at the intersection of state Route 4 and County Home Road also started on Aug. 6. The approximate cost of that project is $1.2 million and will be funded using a portion of Ohio Public Works Commission and city funds.
City planners expect a final completion date of early December, which means not only do Scott Farms residence have to navigate new traffic patterns but the Marysville Exempted Village School District will also have to take bus routes into consideration when school starts on Tuesday, Aug 21.
District Operations Manager Steve Ader said those are just two of three road projects that may affect student transportation in the Navin Elementary School area. The bridge repair project on Waldo Road is also included in that list, he said.
"We won't have a chance to assess the full impact of the construction projects during full school day traffic until we actually start, but we are planning for the potential impact to assure student safety and meet our schedules,"Ader said.
Some drives heading to Navin Elementary may opt to cut through the Scott Farms subdivision once school starts. This could potentially cause a problem with children walking and riding bikes to and from school.
"The Scott Farms area traffic management is the responsibility of the city of Marysville; however, parents and community members can be assured that we will operate as safely and considerately as possible as well as cooperate fully with the Marysville Police Department as they manage traffic in that area," Ader said.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said he has no concerns about increased traffic but wants drivers to be aware.
"I want to remind the public to use extra caution when driving with the start of a new school year," he said.
The new city fire station on County Home Road is being built across the road from Navin Elementary and it will open on Sept. 11, which will also add to traffic in the area.
The city held a public hearing in late July on the state Route 4/County Home Road improvements with Assistant City Engineer Jeremy Hoyt, but attendance was less than expected.