Monday, February 14, 2011

City of Heath Safety Improvement Project Update

Below is a letter from Mayor of Heath, Mark Johns, regarding the Rt. 79 Safety Project.  It has some important information you should know.

To: Businesses in Hebron Rd. Safety Project Area

From: The Office of the Mayor of Heath, Mark D. Johns

Reg: Project Update Information

February 14, 2011

This is the first in what will be a series of communications you will receive from my office

regarding the Hebron Rd. Safety Improvement Project. My goal is to provide our city’s valuable

businesses and its residents with as much accurate information in a proactive manner as I can.

Hopefully, this information will help you in planning for the needs of your business.

Utility relocation will begin in early April. If there are any interruptions to service, they will

be of short duration. The utility companies will meet with anyone whose service will be

interrupted and arrange to have this done at a time when it is most convenient for the customer.

The rest of the project is divided into three phases. The work during those phases


Phase 1

 This phase is scheduled to begin on July 9, 2011.

 Milling of the asphalt on Hebron Road will be followed by the road being re-striped. Four

lanes of traffic will flow in the middle of the road (two lanes in each direction), and there

will not be a center turn lane. During this Phase there will be some impact to traffic

caused by the temporary closure of Oberlin Dr. at the intersection of SR79 and

temporary removal of left turn lanes at the intersections of Oberlin/Andover and Putnam


 The road will be widened.

 A new water line will be installed down the east side of the road.

 Oberlin Dr. will be realigned with Andover Dr., and Radian Dr. will be realigned with

Putnam Dr., making these intersections safer and providing a better traffic pattern.

 Lane closures will generally occur only between the hours of 10 PM through 6 AM.

 Phase 1 will be completed by November 15, 2011. There will be no construction activity

between November 15 and January 2, 2012.

Phase 2

 Phase 2 will begin January 2, 2012 and involve the installation of the median and

associated landscaping.

 Hebron Road will be restriped, this time moving the four lanes of traffic to the outer parts

of the road, allowing for the installation work to be done on the median.

 Phase 2 is expected to be completed by April, 2012.

Phase 3

 Application of asphalt, road striping and installation of signage will be done during Phase

3. It is anticipated the end of Phase 3, and the conclusion of the project, will be around

June, 2012.

For the duration of the project, I will continue to work to provide you with accurate

information like the above which may be of use to you. If you have any questions, please do

not hesitate to contact John Groff, Chief of Building and Zoning, or myself here at the Heath

Municipal Building (522-1420). We will work with you to try and answer your questions and be

of help to you.

Thank you for your time, and for operating your business in the City of Heath.


Mark D. Johns

Mayor – City of Heath

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