Northfield Center -- Drivers traveling to and from Route 8 and Interstate 271 may experience delays for the next several months, as contractors are beginning work on a $5 million sound wall construction project along the ramp linking the two highways.
The Ohio Department of Transportation announced last week that starting March 31 and until further notice, ramps between Route 8 and Interstate 271 will have various lane restrictions from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working on the project.
ODOT District 4 spokesperson Brent Kovacs said two lanes of traffic will be maintaned at all times on Route 8 between Twinsburg Road and I-271. One lane of traffic will be shifted to the right shoulder as workers begin building a sound wall on the west side of the ramps linking Route 8 and I-271.
In July, the second phase of the project will begin and one lane of traffic will be shifted to the left as construction work begins on the other side of the highway.
The entire project is scheduled to be completed by October 2014.
ODOT decided to build the sound walls in 2012 after Northfield Center residents in the North Oakmont Drive neighborhood began complaining about increased noise from traffic from the new Route 8-Interstate 271 interchange, which was completed in 2009.
Trustee Paul Buescher said the Board of Trustees helped push to convince ODOT the sound walls were needed, contacting former U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette, the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as ODOT officials in Akron and Columbus.
"I'm glad the residents there will be able to get some relief," he said. "In this case, it was definitely justified. We'll see how everything comes together."
Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433