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E. Strub Road closed for 25 days

Andy Ouriel • Aug 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM


Get ready to squeeze your vehicle into even tighter spaces along the already cramped Milan Road.

Beginning today, state officials plan to shut down a section of East Strub Road by Milan Road (U.S. 250) to all thru traffic for roughly 30 days.

“The pavement will be removed and replaced,” state transportation spokeswoman Christine Myers said.

Commuters can still access nearby businesses, such as Burger King, on Strub Road between Milan Road and Columbus Avenue during this period.

The detour’s slated for Woodlawn Avenue, a street running somewhat parallel to Strub Road off Milan Road.

Not everyone’s a fan of the change.

“Our post-construction concern, which ODOT ignored, centers around the design, which features two northbound left-turn lanes on U.S. 250 being merged down to a single westbound lane on Strub Road in a distance of less than 500 feet,” according to a statement from the Erie County engineer’s office. “Simply put, this project pushes ODOT’s traffic problem onto a county road, ultimately leaving it to us to find a remedy and a way to come up with the money to fund it.”

Too much on 250?

More orange barrels, cones and signs will now infiltrate Erie County’s busiest thoroughfare, since the Strub Road project jibes with a $32 million ongoing enhancement initiative on Milan Road from Cleveland to East Bogart roads.

Work will occur at night with at least one lane in each direction remaining open at all times.

Some work, such as crews installing sidewalks along Milan Road, has already happened.

But the brunt of work begins in May 2015, when workers along this 4-mile stretch aim to:

• Add sidewalks on both sides of the street.

• Create new turn lanes at busy intersections.

• Widen intersections and curbs.

• Make traffic signs more visible.

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