Deputy Summit County Manager Janna Young says the county understands that the current roadwork on Kilby Road is frustrating for motorists--especially parents dropping off their kids at Ecker Hill Middle School.
But Young told KPCW that the improvements to the road are essential.
Young said that the county has been talking about improvements to the road for two years.
"It was in response to direct feedback we received from constituents concerned that cars just drove too fast on Kilby Road. It was not safe for bicycles to ride on Kilby road, there were no turn lanes which caused traffic jams. The county took that feedback and made that road slower by using a curvilinear procedure and roundabouts. We widened it to add dedicated bike lanes as well as turning pockets. The important part of this is that we did all of that work without having to close the road. So, access has continued we’ve always kept that road open. Our construction season is very short so unfortunately, we weren’t able to completely finish this project before the schools went back into session. We made an effort to try to make sure that flagging delays were kept at a minimal and that traffic continued to move through this.”
She said that the Kilby work should be finished soon.
"They just need to stripe the road which will happen and be completed in the next 10 days which will drastically reduce the impact particularly on those commutes to the middle school. There will be a bit of flagging delays remaining this week because they’re working on sewer manholes and some water valves. Like I said, it should be over pretty soon. There will be work continuing on the Ecker Park n Ride through mid-October but that should have minimal impact on Kilby road.”
Another project is the new roundabout at the Tanger Outlet Mall, which is closing the road from Mondays to Fridays.
"It’ll close at 6:00 am on Monday and open back up on Friday around noon. This will happen this week through the first of October. This is to reconstruct the roundabout that is directly in front of the Tanger Outlets. So, the roads will be closed by the Whole Foods and a little bit past that roundabout. The Tanger Outlets leadership has been very cooperative with the county in coming up with detours and solutions to access issues to make sure people can still get inside the Tanger Outlets.”
Young clarified that you can access Whole Foods but to access Tanger Outlets you’ll have to go through the back way. Young added that while there may be problems with the roadwork, they are trying to keep residents in the loop.