Work on state Route 161 is nearing the end.

Work on state Route 161 is nearing the end.

In the next few weeks, Ohio Department of Transportation officials will open one of the two westbound lanes between Granville and Watkins Road. At the same time, they will close one of the two eastbound lanes, which have been open since the fall.

Kate Stickle, spokesperson for ODOT District 5, said crews would keep traffic to one lane in each direction so they can complete the final touches, such as striping, seeding and installing signs.

"Weather permitting, during the first few weeks of May, people will start seeing traffic switches," she said.

Currently, traffic still is restricted from exiting and entering the highway from York Road. Stickle said that likely would change in the next few weeks, too.

"They are ready for that to be open," she said.

During the final leg of construction, she said, the ramps on state Route 16 at routes 37 and 161 will be closed for one day each for the final asphalt application.

"People will start to see all of this unfold," Stickle said. "In May, the restrictions will come off."

The whole project is slated to be completed in June. The date is entirely dependent on the weather, Stickle said, noting concerns about the usual spring showers.

"Once we get into the month of May, we will have a more solid date," she said.