Overdue Rt. 58 paving finally gets start date

By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com

Our advice? Start looking now for efficient detours around Rt. 58 because a huge repaving job is expected to hit the highway starting Aug. 9.

Erie Blacktop of Sandusky has been hired for the $1 million project by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Amherst paid its $198,350 share of the bill late last year, unusually far in advance.

The state agency had originally estimated a June 1 start date with wrap-up by Sept. 30. Now ODOT’s new plan pushes the window for work out well into October and possibly November.

Traffic on Rt. 58 will be cut down to a single lane for the duration.

Heavy machinery is expected to roll out just south of Rt. 113 in Amherst Township and move gradually north to North Ridge Road. Documents from city hall show an Aug. 29 date within the Amherst limits.

Last year, resurfacing was done from North Ridge to Cooper Foster Park Road.

Amherst mayor Mark Costilow said extending the project’s timeline into the fall mean significant savings.

Rt. 58 will not only get a new surface but the city plans to do full-depth repairs and replace catch basins under the roadway, which aim to stop erosion under the road and combat runoff problems. That will give the highway asphalt a longer lifespan, Costilow said.

Officials have already met with Amherst Schools transportation workers to talk about how the project will affect school buses. Bus flow will also be impacted by a later start to the city’s summer street program, which geared up this year in early July instead of early June.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk