It is often the case with construction projects that the work stretches on longer than anyone hoped, and the Lane Avenue water line project within the commercial district is no exception.

It is often the case with construction projects that the work stretches on longer than anyone hoped, and the Lane Avenue water line project within the commercial district is no exception.

The project got off to a slightly slower start than originally hoped, and the construction crew encountered more obstacles underground than originally anticipated. Then, of course, we also had an old, rusty gas main break from the vibrations of the surrounding work that unexpectedly added some extra days onto the project.

That said, all involved have been making a valiant effort to keep things on track and keep the community informed as progress has been made. We are definitely heading into the home stretch on this project, thankfully, with an anticipated end date in mid-September.

This week, the crew returned to the Wellesley Drive area for storm sewer installation, over a period of three to five days. Once complete, they will be back at Brandon Road to continue their way along the final stretch of road to Northwest Boulevard.

Additionally, water service transfers to the new line should be under way as you read this, beginning at North Star Road and heading west. When crews are in the North Star Road/Lane Avenue intersection, north/south traffic on North Star will be closed to through traffic for approximately two days during construction hours (7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). Affected homes and businesses are being given advance notice of this work, which will necessitate approximately two hours with no water service while these switchovers are made.

Football season is upon us, and the first OSU home game is this coming Saturday. The city is recommending that non-local football traffic that typically uses Lane Avenue find an alternate route, such as Fishinger Road to the north and Fifth Avenue to the south. Message boards will be posted at key intersections to assist in this effort.

Additionally, as has become routine for us, streets in the University District will be reduced to one lane of parking for each home game to keep the roads safe and traversable by fire and EMS vehicles in the event of an emergency.

Likewise, our community's premier event, the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, is coming up on Monday, Sept. 3. With hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m., traffic typically occurs throughout the day. Therefore, we don't believe traffic heading west on Lane Avenue will encounter significant delays getting to Northam Park. For eastbound traffic, we are recommending that motorists turn left (north) at Tremont Road, Coventry Road or Northwest Boulevard, since left turns are not permitted within the construction zone.

Additional details of this and other construction projects can be found at uaoh.net, where you can also register for email updates. The city encourages residents to follow us on Facebook (CityofUA) or Twitter (@CityofUA) for timely updates on road construction projects, services, special events and more.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.