POLAND VILLAGE, Ohio - Traffic back-ups in the Boardman/Poland area have motorists frustrated.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, each day 25,000 vehicles pass through the area of Interstate 680 and U.S. Route 224. A construction project to widen the 224 bridge has the traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.
At a special Poland Village Council meeting, residents asked ODOT officials if the project, slated to be finished next fall, could be completed sooner.
"Two shifts would get the project done much quicker," said Poland Twp. Resident John Klimko. "It'll help out the businesses, the residents, and everyone involved."
But ODOT officials say that it's unfortunately not possible.
"The contractor pays the price according to how he's going to work that job, so the shifts they have set up now is unfortunately how that project has been bid and how its going to be finished out," said ODOT Spokesman Brent Kovacs.
Another topic of concern: the busy holiday shopping season and how construction will affect business.
Kovacs says construction won't be an issue, and the 224 Bridge will be back to normal by the end of October. Construction will then resume in the spring.
"That's really because of the materials we use,"Kovacs said. "You can't use asphalt, concrete when its cold outside."
"I think that is a good thing in one way, but in other ways they should wait until the weather gets bad so they can get the project over as soon as possible," said Poland Village Resident Marion Gillette.