Construction is under way for a roundabout at Mitchaw Road and Sylvania Avenue intersection.
With beefed up monitoring by Sylvania Township police, the number of motorists cutting through Timberstone Junior High School's parking lot to avoid a nearby road closure has sharply decreased.
Such cut-throughs were significant the first day last week of the construction at Sylvania Avenue and Mitchaw Road, but dropped considerably after that. A roundabout is being constructed at the intersection which had allowed through traffic on Sylvania and had a stop sign on Mitchaw. The intersection abuts the Timberstone property, which has driveway access on both roads.
“We had a presence at the school Thursday morning and afternoon,” said township police Officer Kevin Pelwecki. “We stopped people within Timberstone warning them that this is not allowed.”
Motorists were advised that, if they continued to use the school to circumvent the construction, they could be cited, he said. Signs are posted at the school entrances alerting drivers that it is not open to "through traffic."
The roundabout construction is to be completed in 45 days at Mitchaw Road and Syvlania Avenue.
Police monitored traffic on Friday and noticed a significant decrease in use, he said. They will continue to monitor the school ground throughout the construction period, he said.
Ronald Myers, traffic operations engineer for the Lucas County Engineer’s Office, which is leading the project, said motorists should use detour routes, taking Kilburn to Centennial roads as alternative routes.
Mr. Myers said the intersection at Sylvania Avenue and Mitchaw Road will be closed for the duration of the construction, about 45 days. The $820,000 project began on Thursday.