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The Massillon Road North Corridor Improvement Project is expected to be mostly completed by the end of 2021. Some restoration (landscaping) may extend into the Spring of 2022. It’s a multi-phased project that includes three roundabouts, widening the road to four lanes with a center median, a multi-purpose trail on the west side of the road and traditional sidewalk on the east side.
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For the next few weeks, depending on the time of day, it may be better to take an alternate route to I-77. However, traffic will be maintained along Raber Road through this early phase of construction. Please anticipate some delays.
While gas, sewer and water lines run underground, the cost to place telephone, electric and cable lines underground for this project was more than the budget allowed. It was our desire to put these utilities underground and we made every attempt to do so, but in the end it was too cost prohibitive.
Once Massillon Road is widened to four lanes with a center median, motorists can only make a right turn into and out of drives along Massillon Road between Raber Road and SR619. The roundabouts will be used like U-turns to change direction along the corridor. For example, if you are leaving Handel’s (and want to go south toward I-77), you will make a right onto Massillon Road, then take the roundabout at Stein Road to reverse direction to go south.
Currently the corridor is perhaps our most congested road in the City and isn’t equipped for the growth in traffic to come in the years and decades ahead. The added lanes ensure the corridor can handle the additional vehicles (expected to grow on a per-day basis from 21,000 to an estimated 41,000 by 2035*). *Per AMATS Traffic Study Estimate
Under current conditions, heavy traffic and obscured sight-lines make it difficult to make left turns within the corridor. The roundabouts at Raber Road, Stein Road and SR 619 will make the corridor more efficient and safer. Motorist will only be able to make right turns into and out of businesses along the corridor, then use the closest roundabout as a “U-turn” to head in the opposite direction. This new traffic pattern will make the corridor easier and safer for motorist.
Plus, the addition of walking and bike paths helps encourage a more active lifestyle.
The new southbound lanes will be constructed first. While this is happening, traffic will be maintained on the current road, one lane going north and one going south.
Next will be the reconstruction of the two northbound lanes. While this is happening, traffic will be maintained on the new southbound lanes, with one lane going north and one going south. Signage will be added to direct motorists to businesses along the corridor.
We don’t anticipate full road closures along Massillon Road. There will be occasional lane closures that still allow traffic to proceed. Raber Road is scheduled to be closed for a short period of time in early 2021. Also SR 619 will be closed in sections for a limited time in 2021. Portions of SR619, east and west of Massillon Road, will be closed at different times periods. The closures of Raber and SR619 will not be at the same time. Businesses and the traveling public will be notified of these closures well in advance.