Monday, May 12, 2008

ROUTE 57 CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

DAY ONE ~ THREE CRASHES
Elyria – The construction barrels went up on Route 57 today in preparations for the paving project. The barrels are in the northbound lanes from Chestnut to Cleveland Street, southbound is still wide open but there are barrels sitting on the berm so those will be out soon too.

The confusion caused three car crashes this afternoon around 3 p.m., all within 30 minutes of each other. None of the three crashes were considered serious but one driver was transported by LifeCare Paramedics to Elyria Memorial Hospital after she complained of neck and back pains to Police.

Officials say that if you cannot find an alternate route and have to drive along 57 during the construction that you should slow down and pay very close attention. We only have about a year and a half to go before it is all over.

To see more photos from the scene: CLICK HERE

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just an FYI

There will be no streetlights until the new poles are erected in the median. I am expecting more accidents to occur as drivers dodge orange cones, potholes, and misc shadows through their headlights.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to start my comment with several supurlatives. Why are they starting there? The worst sections are between Lorain Road and Abbe or even Cleveland Street. I am really not surprised though. That's all I have to say about that, too bad it's a family website, or I would have let loose!

9:52 PM  
Anonymous james said...

man the old people dont get this. i seen one about to drive in the barrels today instead of with traffic what are they late for a hair appointment

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are no longer doing 3 phases, but only 2 phases.

Inside Lanes and then Outside Lanes

So, instead of needing to avoid a portion of 57, we will need to avoid all of it!

5:03 AM  
Anonymous Baffled! said...

I absolutely agree with the second commenter!!! Why in goodness sake are they starting on the other side?!? It is not rocket science to see where the work NEEDS to start!

I am on the end that is getting started on first... yes it would be nice to have it done and over with, BUT how much longer can the Northern half of 57 be neglected? The road is hideous!

The Southern half really isn't that bad. So where should the priority be on the city's part? I say city because I am sure it isn't just up to the road crew to decide.

I feel for the people that don't have a good suspension to try and get down that road to go to the mall. No wonder why everything is going out of business over there...No One wants to drive that way unless they "absolutely" have to!

Oh wait It has just clicked!!! They are going to wait to do the section by the mall during the holidays! LOL Oh how we all love dodging those lovely orange barrels during that chaos!!!

Real Bright There People!

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At $4 per gallon, maybe the traffic won't be as bad....

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I swear some of you are from loraincounty.com. You complain about everything no matter what is going on. You would bitch because it's raining in the desert. Why not wait untill they actually start the work instead of critizing just because they put the barrels down. People bitch because the road sucks and now you bitch because they are fixing. Haas

4:29 PM  
Anonymous karl said...

Seconding Haas's commentary. First the drivers complain about the condition of the road, and now they'll complain about the hold-ups when the road is being repaired. Well, the work crews aren't nocturnal folks. They don't pop out at night and then disappear during daylight hours. Sure, it's an inconvenience, but (hopefully) it'll be worth it in the end to have the road in better condition.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous The Platinum Easter Bunny said...

Actually Karl, in some communities the road crews do pop out at night, do their work, and leave the roads during the day....
But, you are right...they are a bunch of babies :)

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@karl: "Well, the work crews aren't nocturnal folks."

Why? Factory workers do third shift at night, why can't construction workers? I'm pretty sure there was an invention a few years ago that comes in handy for these sorts of things... what was it called? Oh, right! The light bulb.

@james: You "seen" that? Fascinating.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous james said...

"@karl: "Well, the work crews aren't nocturnal folks."

Why? Factory workers do third shift at night, why can't construction workers? I'm pretty sure there was an invention a few years ago that comes in handy for these sorts of things... what was it called? Oh, right! The light bulb.

@james: You "seen" that? Fascinating."

Well its a little hard sometimes for them to work with evan lights. I being a construction worker know this. Night time would suck could you imagine a drunk drive riding through there killing someone....

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years ago they did have night crews working on 57. Maybe it's the company and the contract that is signed that decides when they do it. Haas

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mayor and the City Lied again , they said they were going to start on the northern end after lots of complaints of plans to start on the south end , and now they are starting on the south end. not a red barrel one in sight north of Abbey road.Sure it will be a good road for about 1 year , and then it will go to pot again because the city went with the lowest bidder and they will use the cheapest materials.
Haxor

5:56 PM  
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9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One reason why construction/repaving happens during daytime hours (especially if it is a state job) is that working 2nd and 3rd shift mean time and a half or even overtime to the employee's.
If it is a state job then alot of times the pay is called "scale" pay and that usually starts at $20 an hour.
Maybe someone is actually looking at a budget and trying to better Lorain County without breaking the bank. Just one idea..
I hope everyone can enjoy the road when it is repaired and smooth riding. Patsy

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG. Stop already.
If you would read the paper occassionaly you would know that they are doing the entire lenght of 57, the outside lanes then the inside lanes, at a time. And we all know that the construction is going on just avoid it. Use other roads to get where you are going.
And to the poster who seems to have an issue with older drivers. Grow up already, because one of these days you are going to wake up and be old. When that happens I would bet you are not going to give up your license at that time and stop driving. You want to complain then complain about all drivers including the young ones who drive down the emergency lane because where ever it is they are going can't wait.
Complainers go to loraincounty.com and leave this news site alone.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"OMG. Stop already.
If you would read the paper occassionaly you would know that they are doing the entire lenght of 57, the outside lanes then the inside lanes, at a time."

Do you believe that it is acceptable to have NO streetlights during this entire time, as the new lights are going in the median (per the first poster)?

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stop complaining. the roads are being fixed. end of story. if you dont like it that much, then DONT TAKE RT 57! simple as that people. get a map if you cant figure it out.

4:35 PM  

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