NILES Rt. 169 traffic will be detoured

Traffic will be detoured around the intersection.
NILES -- Travelers on state Route 169 may want to find an alternative path of travel this weekend.
Mark Hess, city engineering, grants and development coordinator, said the road will be closed at the North Road intersection Saturday as part of the North Road improvement project.
"Detours will be set up and police will be on hand to direct traffic," Hess said.
Traffic will be detoured from Route 169 to DeForest Road to Warren Avenue to Chestnut Street, Church Street and back to Route 169.
"Worst-case scenario is it will be closed Saturday and be northbound only Sunday and Monday," Hess said.
If work proceeds quickly, traffic patterns may return to normal earlier, but the road is expected to reopen complete Tuesday.
What's being done: The roughly $600,000 improvement project started March 1. The project between Main Street and DeForest Road involves milling away deteriorating asphalt and placing new layers on the road.
It also includes curb installation and placement of storm sewer pipe in open ditches. J.S. Northeast of Girard is the project contractor.
In a few weeks, detours again will be posted when the small bridge on North Road, north of Cassandra Drive, is replaced. That portion of the project is expected to take about 30 days.
The entire North Road project is expected to be completed in about five months.
"We're probably on schedule or a little bit ahead," Hess said.
The North Road project is one of several road improvement projects planned or under way in the city this year.
Other work: Resurfacing work on Robbins Avenue is expected to start in August. That project involves work between state Route 46 and the city limits. It includes curb and sidewalk installation, widening and storm sewer work.
Work started earlier this year to replace brick pavement with asphalt on Holford Avenue between Maple Avenue and Plant Street.

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