UPDATE: Marietta Road Construction Impacts Businesses

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email
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UPDATE 6/19/2014 4:40 PM

If you've been in Marietta lately, you can't miss all the construction.

Both main intersections are completely torn apart and the traffic is backed up everywhere.

The city says it's all for safety.

This has been going on since the beginning of spring and some local businesses are not so happy.

At the intersection of 7th and Greene Streets there are lots of cones and one lane roads and it seems as if all the roads are dug up, making it frustrating for drivers as well as restaurants like Qdoba.

The city says this project is important for safety and improving our roads for years to come.

There will be new lights, turning lanes, wider roads and pedestrian sidewalks.

Businesses say even though they know the end result will be great, right now it's hurting their customers.

The Marietta city engineer says the project is to help Marietta prepare for years to come.

With over 100,000 cars going through both intersections every day the 20 year plan is preparing for an overall 10 percent increase in volume.

That increase is predicted a lot by the oil and gas boom in the area.

Acme, Pike and Jefferson is to be done in August.

Greene and Seventh is to be done by October.

Construction at Pike and Acme Streets in Marietta takes the next step.

As of Wednesday the orange barrels are in the road, making for some one lane traffic.

It's already the busiest intersection in Marietta and has the highest traffic volumes in southeastern Ohio, with around 30,000 cars on a normal day.

Adding in the one lanes and orange cones, it made for some backup and confusion.

The Marietta city engineer says it's only going to get worse.

But this is a safety upgrade that will not only improve the intersection itself but reduce accidents, result in less fuel comsumption and improve air quality.

ODOT was on the roads Wednesday saying be patient and remember to slow down.

"New traffic signals, we are going to enhance some drainage, and we are going to add some median dividers that will help separate the traffic, that should help also during the night time," says ODOT spokesman David Rose.

Acme Street will have a new turn lane and be closer to the old gas station, with new sidewalks and street lights as well.

It's not just Pike and Acme that will be under construction this summer either.

Work on 7th, Pike and Greene Streets will start around August and last until November

The city says they want to get it all done at once instead of stretching it out for two years.

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