XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Big changes are due to a Xenia thoroughfare this week when crews will begin a months-long reconstruction project on West Second Street.
The project includes complete curb-to-curb resurfacing, as well as ADA ramp replacement on several cross streets, between South Church Street and South Progress Drive. The repairs come after more than a decade of wear and tear from heavy traffic and inclement weather.
“Because of the hard winters, the warming, et cetera, it creates issues for our cars. That’s no different in Xenia than it is in other cities,” said Lee Warren, the public relations coordinator for the City of Xenia.
The damage requires pavement leveling, repair and replacement of subbase asphalt and new traffic markings.
Warren explained the road is a main artery in and out of South Progress Drive, where burgeoning development is expected for the next several years. The area recently gained a new hotel and “The Reach” YMCA and activity and community center.
“This is a very busy area of town,” he said. “We want to make sure the entrance to this area is well-paved and other streets will be happening throughout the year as we move forward.”
Xenia will pay about 30 percent of the more than $1 million project costs. The remainder is funded by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Ohio Public Works Commission and an Ohio Community Development Block Grant.
West Second Street will remaing open, but drivers can expect congestion and delays during construction, with periodic lane closures and flaggers directing traffic.
“There’s a little bit of pain with progress. It’s growing pains, but the end results will be favorable towards folks,” Warren said.
The project is expected to wrap up in October. You can find more information about Xenia’s current projects by clicking here.