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Construction begins in area of SR 224 and I-680 in Boardman

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - If you travel through the Boardman/Poland area, you might want to add a few more minutes to your daily commute very soon.

  the area of Route 224 between Tiffany Blvd. and the exits off Interstate 680 is one of the most congested and sometimes confusing intersections in the valley

But now construction has officially begun to overhaul the whole interchange area.

Lanes will be added, the bridge will be widened and most importantly there will be a light located off the south exit off 680 so drivers won't have to merge and cross over four lanes of traffic in order to turn left at Tiffany.

Right now construction will be limited between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

During those times there will be just one lane open in each direction so crews can move utility lines.

Then later in August the bulk of the construction will begin and concrete barriers will be up to close certain lanes through the rest of the construction.

Businesses around the area aren't looking forward to the inconvenience but they know it's necessary.

People who work at the Subway shop in the nearby plaza say there are always accidents at the intersection and they hope the new configuration will help.

"I know for sure it's going to be hectic and a little rough and people are going to be complaining but I think long term it will help out the community," said Eyad Traish.

Patrick Lavanty at Nicolinni's restaurant hope for a smooth transition. 

"I can't say I'm happy to see it but it will alleviate some issues we have here currently. Although the process we have to live through and endure for a period of time but the end result will be better than what we have today," Lavanty said.

The $5.4 million project is expected to be completed by October 2014.

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