Rossford road construction through October

ROSSFORD, OHIO (WTVG) - Rossford city administrators tell 13abc that SR 65 is set to reopen near Pilkington after being closed for a little more than a week.

The project involved completely rebuilding the railroad crossing in front of Pilkington, near the city limit.

According to Mike Scott, City Administrator, the project cost a half million dollars, funded by the Wood County Commission, JobsOhio and the Ohio Rail Development Commission.

He says that the closure lasted less than 10 days because of Pilkington's "just in time" delivery system that has delivery arrivals every 2-3 days. That means that the railroad itself could only be closed for a short time.

Once the railroad reopens, Scott says that drivers will notice a difference. "It'll be smoother. Right now the tracks are sinking," he explains.

He says that the high cost of the project will be worth it in the long run. After construction wraps up, the railroad crossing should last 20-30 years before needing repairs.

In the meantime, Scott says that drivers will need to detour using I-75 between Buck Road and Miami Street in both directions. The road closure is expected to be lifted by 4:00 PM Wednesday.

Also happening Wednesday, another road closure on one of Rossford's busiest roads. Lime City is expected to be closed for 9 days between Marilyn and Grassy Lane, north of Buck Road for railroad crossing repairs. To get around the closure, drivers can use Bates Road. Glenwood is also a good detour, but ODOT says there could be lane restrictions along Glenwood south of Superior through November for sidewalk installation.

Scott says that this is one of roughly 15 projects that will affect Rossford drivers in the next five years. He says that the city has plans to repave the entire stretch of SR 65 (Superior Street) within Rossford limits next year. The city is also planing roundabouts at the intersections of Colony @ 65, and Buck @ Lime City. He says that drivers will also eventually see an additional turn lane along Superior in front of the high school and administrative buildings once construction at those locations begins.