The orange cones in Kettering have migrated from Wilmington Pike to East Stroop Road between Far Hills Avenue and Shroyer Road, but city officials say the major traffic disruptions will not.
A more than $3 million reconstruction of Wilmington from the Y-split with South Smithville Road to Ansel Drive is nearly complete after three years of work.
Paving and striping was done last week and finishing touches should follow this week.
A new project that has begun near Town and Country Shopping Center will be on a much smaller scale.
City engineer Steven Bergstresser said the work on Stroop is phase two of a three-part streetscape improvement near the shopping center. Phase one, on the western side of the intersection with Far Hills, was done in 2011.
“The same themes that were started there will be continued along the Town and Country footage on both sides of Stroop. We will be installing new and improved lighting, wider sidewalks and decorative walls,” he said.
“Work will continue through the year, but traffic will be maintained. At most, one lane of Stroop may be closed periodically.”
Closed lanes have been the rule, not the exception, on about a mile of Wilmington, which is one of the busiest thoroughfares in Kettering.
The end of the job didn’t come quite soon enough for Beavertown Elementary, where secretary Pam Bretelson said the last three days of the school year last week coincided with “the only three days the contractor could do the paving. Some of our parents said it took them 25 minutes to get here from Forrer Boulevard,” which is 0.7 miles away.
“It’s been painful for quite a while, but it’s going to be nice when we come back to school in August,” she said.”We have a new left turn signal into the school, and there are some new speed limit signs posted.”
Beavertown has about 370 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Curbs, storm sewers, water mains, street lighting, a bridge and traffic signals were also replaced.
“This is the culmination of $10 million spent on all of Wilmington Pike in Kettering over the last four to five years. It will be great to put that behind us,” Bergstresser said.
Wilmington Pike covers just over five miles of Kettering, from Dayton to Centerville and Sugarcreek Twp.
Justin Syx, a tattoo artist at Lost Soul Tattoo and Piercing, 2609 Wilmington Pike, said the new roadway “is looking great, but most people don’t know it’s open again. Getting in here was like driving through a hole for a while.”
Melissa Fewlass, pet relations specialist at SICSA (the Society for Improvement of Conditions of Stray Animals), 2600 Wilmington, said the traffic obstacles “didn’t cause a reduction in adoptions. People still came in to see the pets, but they complained about it a lot.”
Two-wheeled transportation will soon be flowing on the city’s portion of the new Dayton-Kettering bikeway connector.
Signage is up along the on-street portions of the route, which begins at Hempstead Station near the Meijer store. Grass has been seeded along the off-street portion near Dayton Reliable Tool on Wiltshire Boulevard, where a fence is also going up.
The city of Dayton will finish the northern portion of the route “in a few weeks. The two cities hope to have a joint ribbon cutting at the end of June,” Bergstresser said.