GREEN Extremely rainy weather in October put a damper on the construction of two roundabout projects in Green.
The roundabout at state Route 619 and Pickle Road was completed shortly after Thanksgiving but the roundabout at Corporate Woods Circle and Corporate Woods Parkway is on hold until better weather arrives.
Pickle Road roundabout
Construction of the state Route 619 and Pickle Road roundabout began in early September as the intersection was closed until after Thanksgiving.
The city had hoped to open the intersection before Thanksgiving, but the rain in October prevented the contractor from paving and getting it open until just after Thanksgiving.
One of the biggest problems with the intersection, prior to the construction of the roundabout, was wait times for cars wanting to turn from Pickle Road left onto 619, especially during peak hours. Eastbound traffic on 619 waiting to turn onto Pickle Road also caused backups and risked cars waiting to turn to get rear ended.
Now with the construction of the roundabout, these problems have been eliminated, officials say.
Corporate Woods roundabout
The second roundabout the city began construction of in 2018 fell short of being completed due to a wet fall and the arrival of cold weather.
Construction of the roundabout at the intersection of Corporate Woods Parkway and Corporate Woods Circle, better known as the intersection in front of Giant Eagle, also began in September. The intersection had a high crash rate and during peak times couldn’t handle the amount of cars using it when nearby companies closed for the day. A report by Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) listed the intersection as the fifth most dangerous in the county with 34 crashes during the last three years.
“We are disappointed that the weather has delayed us in completing the roundabout at Corporate Woods Parkway and Circle this season as planned,” City of Green Engineer Paul Pickett said. “The contractor has about three more weeks of work left to complete the project but needs three weeks of dry weather and non-freezing temperatures. As we looked at the long-range forecast and the amount of work yet to complete, we opted to halt the project until the spring.”
With the project on hold, the city will continue to maintain traffic in the area to all businesses. Access to Corporate Woods Parkway will be available from Corporate Woods Circle off Massillon Road as a temporary road has been constructed. Access to Kids Play, Cornerstone, VCA Animal Hospital and Giant Eagle Market District is available from Corporate Woods Parkway off Boettler Road.
The city encourages motorists not to use the Giant Eagle parking lot as a cut through. Motorists can also use Tabs Drive to reach businesses located along Corporate Woods Parkway and Forest Lake Drive.
“We know that road construction is never convenient, and we appreciate the continued patience of the travelling public,” Pickett said.
Construction is expected to resume as soon as the weather breaks and in Ohio that is hard to determine as it could be March or not until May.