RACINE — The southbound lanes of Ohio Street from Washington Avenue to 16th Street are scheduled to close to traffic on Friday, but the northbound lanes will open.
That will close down southbound travel on the Ohio Street stretch for about a month, or until Aug. 29. That is when City Engineer John Rooney expects both the northbound and southbound sides of the four-lane, median divided road section will reopen to traffic.
The northbound lanes of the road section have been closed since the start of June when the $1.38 million project began.
With work on those lanes now completed, crews will begin tearing out and replacing the southbound lanes, Rooney said.
In the meantime, motorists will still be able enter and exit Shopko, 4801 Washington Ave., and Starbuck Middle School, 1516 S. Ohio St., Rooney said. They’ll just have to do it from the northbound lanes.
The intersection at Wright Avenue will remain open through the project, Rooney said, as will intersections at 13th and 15th streets, but motorists will only be allowed to turn right onto or into the streets.
The detour will stay the same, Rooney said, with motorists heading south on Ohio Street directed to take Washington Avenue to Green Bay Road to 16th Street to get around the roadwork.
Although work on the roadway itself should be done by the end of August, median work, which will include new street lighting and a marked bike lane, will likely continue through mid-September, Rooney said.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is covering 80 percent of the overall cost of the reconstruction project, with the city’s share around $276,000.