Guilford Boulevard, just south of East Smith Road in Medina, has been closed since June 6 for a bridge and culvert replacement.
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MEDINA — Whether the Guilford Boulevard project will be completed in time for Medina Schools’ opening day is iffy.
The road, which has been closed since June 6 for a bridge and culvert replacement over Champion Creek, was expected to be done before the start of the school year on Aug. 20.
Heritage Elementary School, 833 Guilford Blvd., is south of the project between East Smith Road and Berkshire Drive.
“At the moment, we are still planning on being open for school on Aug. 20, but that by no means is guaranteed,” City Engineer Patrick Patton said. “The schedule is tight, and days like (Wednesday) don’t help at all.
“Due to the rain, the contractor spent most of the day just trying to (dry out) the job site. Not much was accomplished.”
Superintendent Aaron Sable said at Monday’s school board meeting the district will be monitoring the construction closely.
“It could potentially impact some of our bus routes and drop-off times at schools,” he said.
Sable said he visited the bus garage Monday and met with transportation manager Rob Travis, who has come up with some contingency plans in case the construction project lasts longer than the planned 63 days.
Amy Busby, Medina Schools’ director of community relations, said in an email the district will discuss the construction issue this week and what it might mean for busing.
“We will be able to fill you in early next week,” she wrote.
Fabrizi Trucking & Paving Co., of Middleburg Heights, is handling the project near Roscoe Ewing Park.
Patton said the Guilford project will cost $830,000. The Ohio Department of Transportation, through its municipal bridge program, is contributing $605,000.
He said the bridge being replaced was about 40 years old and had sustained significant corrosion.
“It had to be done,” Patton said.
Guilford, a major cut-through for drivers on the east side of the city, isn’t the only major project underway. Others are on East Smith Road, between South Court and South Broadway streets, and the U.S. Route 42/North Court Street widening project.
“It’s unusual to have that many going on at the same time,” Patton has said.