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A section of Portland Way North will undergo road construction this summer. On April 5, the City of Galion held a public meeting to discuss details of the project and hear feedback from residents.
Project Engineer Lyn Makeever explained the project area will begin immediately north of the Heise Park Lane intersection and continue north 900 feet, immediately before the Carter Drive intersection.
Construction will start at the south end and work north, and the northbound lane will be reconstructed first. A thick gravel base will be installed with a four-inches overlay of concrete – the same as the Portland Way South project completed in early 2016. The concrete will have twice the lifespan of asphalt. Additionally, 600 feet of sewer line will be replaced within the project area.
The roadway is not wide enough to keep two lanes of traffic open during construction. City officials had previously met with business owners within the project area to get feedback on which direction of traffic to allow. This section of Portland Way North will be open to northbound traffic only. Heavy trucks will use a state detour route (to be approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation), and local southbound traffic will need to use a local detour.
The goal is to begin the project the week of June 5 and have the roadway reopen by mid-August. Bidding for the project will be considered by city council this month.