A portion of Tiffin Avenue is set to close for about a month while construction crews continue work on the city’s west-end overpass project.
The road will close between Harbor Boulevard and Superior Street on Monday and is expected to reopen Aug. 30, according to an email from the Ohio Department of Transportation. The segment includes the intersection of Tiffin and West Perkins avenues.
Workers need the road closed to begin “tie-in work” several months ahead of schedule.
Until the road reopens, traffic head south and north on Tiffin Avenue will detour around the construction site using Ohio 2. Access to homes and businesses in the area will be maintained at all times using Ferndale Road and Superior Street.
The $11.4 million overpass project is expected to streamline traffic on the city’s west side — near the Venice Road and Tiffin Avenue intersection — by allowing motorists to bypass railroad crossings and avoid lengthy delays. A road elevated above the ground will connect Tiffin Avenue and George Street, running parallel to Venice Road.
City taxpayers will pay about $575,000 of the project’s costs, with Norfolk South Railroad matching that amount and the remaining cost coming from state funds.
The project is ahead of schedule and under budget. It is expected to be completed in July 2014.