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