By ROBERT A. DEFRANK News-Herald Staff Writer
SCIO – Scio Council made plans for an upcoming surge of traffic during their July 14 meeting when Mayor Robert Hendricks reported on a meeting between the Ohio Department of Motor vehicles and village representatives including himself, Council Member Cindy McLaughlin and leaders of the Amish community regarding a planned detour through town during work on Ohio 646.
The project will begin after Labor Day and is scheduled for 45 days plus rain days for the 2.4-mile reconstruction project. There will be an excessive amount of traffic going through town. “There’s going to be some inconveniences. There’s going to be some hardships,” Hendricks said.
He reported contacting American Electric Power. Two to four poles on the west side close to the road will be moved back to allow more room. They are also arranging for four extra hours of law enforcement for speed control and school crossing duty.
New school hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rumble strips will be installed for the Amish and they will keep to the back roads whenever possible. ODOT will be responsible for snow and ice control, pavement and surface striping and regulatory signing. Afterwards, pavement will be restored to its original condition.