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2 Sylvania area road projects nearing completion, another has 2 months to go

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Widening of Corey Road between the I-475 overpass to just north of Sylvania Avenue is under way. Widening of Corey Road between the I-475 overpass to just north of Sylvania Avenue is under way.
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For orange-barrel weary motorists, two Sylvania area road projects are nearing completion and another has a ways to go.

Work on the bridge repair on Erie Street is nearing completion, and considerable work has been completed but much is left on the I-475 exit and Corey Road project. But, the Monroe Street reconstruction between Silica and Erie Street was mostly finished last week, with the road to open to two-way traffic in about two weeks.

Sylvania Service Director Kevin Aller said he expects two-way traffic on Monroe to resume by Oct. 4, a week later than once planned because the contractor, Gleason Construction Co., was delayed by other projects, he said. The last portion of the project, restoration of the land and seeding, will be completed while the traffic is moving.

Traffic was maintained eastbound during the resurface of the street between Silica Drive and Erie Street that began in late July.

The I-475 and Corey Road project, which straddles Sylvania Township and Toledo, has bee under way for several weeks, with the eastbound exit ramp widening partially finished and with the accompanying widening of Core Road between the expressway to just north of Sylvania Avenue in the works. Crews are relocating some utilities and poles at the intersection to allow for the widening, and work will begin to add lanes in about a week. A traffic light is to be installed at the end of the I-475 exit ramp on Corey.

The Ohio Department of Transportation began the $1-million construction project in August and expects to complete it in November. The project is to improve traffic flow at the exit ramp and onto Corey Road. State traffic counts show 5,500 vehicles a day use the exit ramp.

A third local project, the Erie Street bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by Oct. 30. The bridge near Little Farms Court was opened to traffic last week. Crews are finishing the side slope and will pave lanes by the end of the week, said Joe Shaw, deputy director for the city of Sylvania’s service department.



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