Toledo’s waterline and reconstruction project on Secor Road will start with lane closings Sunday evening between Central Avenue and Queenswood Boulevard — unless it rains.
The condition exists, a city official said last week, because one of the first steps is painting crossovers and lane stripes for the project’s first-phase traffic pattern, and that can’t be done if the pavement is wet.
But otherwise, starting at 4 p.m., crews will be out with orange barrels to block off Secor’s northbound lanes and set up two-way traffic, plus a center left-turn lane, on what is usually the southbound side. Queenswood is two short blocks south of Secor’s I-475 interchange.
“Weather permitting, we’re ready to go,” said Steve Hamilton, the city’s public liaison for street and utility projects.
Thus is expected to start a $5.4 million construction job that will be the bane of West Toledo commuting for about eight months, fouling up Central for parts of that time and Secor for virtually all of it. Geddis Paving and Excavating of Toledo has the contract, paid for largely with federal funds.
The project’s first phase includes replacing a water main under Secor as well as rebuilding the northbound lanes, work expected to take about two months to finish. Once that is done, traffic will use the new pavement while the southbound side is rebuilt.
Mr. Hamilton said that once lane closings are set up, subcontractor Duffey Concrete Cutting will slice slits into the street for the water-main excavation, after which the surface asphalt will be ground away on the closed lanes. “The actual digging won’t start until Thursday,” he said.
Replacing the water main will require digging into the Secor-Central intersection, closing lanes on Central too, during the project’s early weeks. But the bigger hassle will occur later on, when the Secor-Central intersection is rebuilt beginning sometime early in the summer.
The intersection work also will be done in two stages, and for part of that time, all traffic on both streets will be forced to turn right at the intersection. For example, if you’re westbound on Central, you’ll have to go north on Secor, but if you’re northbound on Secor, you’ll have to turn east onto Central.
City officials said during a public meeting about the project last month that their only practical alternative would be to just shut the intersection down and rebuild it all at once, an alternative they quickly ruled out.
“This is too busy of an intersection to just be closed for two or three weeks,” Mr. Hamilton said during a public meeting about the project last month.
Rebuilding Central and Secor will coincide with Secor’s reconstruction at the I-475 ramp intersections. Officials hope most of the work near the ramps will be done at night.
The project’s final phase will be rebuilding the street between I-475 and Monroe Street. The Monroe intersection will not be rebuilt.
Nov. 1 is the project’s completion deadline, with Geddis slated to receive a $10,000 per-day bonus for finishing early and to be charged a $10,000 per day penalty if it is late.
City officials’ goal is to have all construction out of the way before the Christmas shopping season begins in one of Toledo’s busiest commercial districts. They also have urged drivers whose trips will not include businesses in the area to consider alternatives such as Douglas or Talmadge roads.
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