The U.S. 25 N. widening project hasn’t been easy for local motorists and business owners. But this week residents and merchants saw the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel as the working traffic lane of U.S. 25 N. from Save-a-Lot to the bypass was moved over from the west side of the road to the east side. Officials say the $8 million, 1.2-mile construction project remains on track for completion in June.
By late summer, crews finished installing a sprawling drainage system up and down the east side of Richmond Road, work that eliminated ditches, making it more attractive and safer. That will also likely improve property values near the road, according to city officials. In addition, curbs, gutters and sidewalks were completed, and the finished road will also include a shared use path, adding to the city’s already growing network of shared use trails.
Work is also underway on a new right turn lane near Circle K at the intersection of U.S. 25 and Glades Road, and crews have now turned their attention to the west side of the roadway, where drainage infrastructure, sidewalks, and curbs and gutters will be installed. The east side of U.S. 25 N. from Glades Road to the intersection at Ellipse Street is still a work in progress, but a significant amount of drainage infrastructure was recently installed at Fairground Road, close to Near New Auto. That section of the roadway is also expected to be finished on time.
Recognizing the inconvenience the work has caused for some local merchants, Berea city leaders have urged residents to continue patronizing businesses on U.S. 25 N. while road work continues. Berea City Councilman Jim Davis, who chairs the council’s Economic Development Committee, recently urged citizens to continue their support for businesses along that part of Richmond Road.
Despite the challenges and inconveniences, the road work has presented, officials say it will definitely pay off when it is finished this summer. “The widening of US 25 North is truly an investment in Berea’s future,” said Berea Mayor Steve Connelly. “Just as it did 65 years ago when the current road was built, it will provide opportunities for business development, enhance our quality of life with new sidewalks, bike trails, street lights, better drainage, and better traffic flow. The new look will likely bring a burst of energy to ‘the strip.’”