ELYRIA — After two years of improvements and delays, Gulf Road reopened to traffic Monday.
Construction between Hilliard and Burns roads, north of the Ohio Turnpike, was completed Monday. Rain, snow and freezing temperatures caused delays in the paving and roadside improvements, officials said.
Now, “it looks nice,” City Engineer John Schneider said Monday.
Work on Gulf Road began in 2017. Additional work still needs to be completed, pavement markings will be done in the coming year and a temporary center line has been painted, Schneider said.
Another brief closure still is needed soon to backfill a retaining wall, fix some issue with manholes and berms. That will be done later, and temporary traffic restrictions will be in place at that time.
“That could all be done in a day,” Schneider said.
Portions also were closed and some restrictions will be notable as a result of the East Side Relief Sewer project, which will connect the city’s wastewater treatment plant on Gulf Road to the Eastern Heights neighborhood. A 78-inch pipe will hold stormwater runoff 30 feet underground to relieve flooding.
Phase 1C of the ESRS project, as it is known, can now begin. Schneider said the city is waiting on EPA permits to begin the work.
The city is under a federal mandate to fix its combined wastewater and stormwater sewers and prevent runoff into the Black River.