Traffic nightmare awaits Secor Rd. motorists

Construction headaches on the horizon for Secor Road drivers.

Get ready for major headaches if you plan on travelling one of Toledoâ??s major roadways over the next eight months.

Construction and repair work on a heavily travelled portion of Secor Road is set to begin Sunday and continue into November.

The project, estimated to cost around $5.5 million, will include work on waterlines and repairs to the roadway between Central Avenue and Queenswood Blvd., just south of I-475. The city of Toledo is pitching in $1.9 million for the reconstruction with the remainder of funding coming from the state of Ohio.

While the work may be needed, businesses and their customers are concerned and scrambling for options on how to navigate the impending traffic nightmares.

â??Thereâ??s going to be a point in time when they're going to have to take care of the road that's in front of that entrance,â?? said Charmaine Bassett-Trimm, owner of Anyana-Kai, a health spa along the east side of Secor Rd. â??I'm just wondering what that's going to mean for our business?"

Road crews will begin placing orange barrels and painting new traffic patterns Sunday, weather-permitting. The project is expected to last eight months, with lanes of both Secor Rd. and Central Ave. being closed at various times throughout.

The Secor/Central intersection will be completely reconstructed within the next 3-4 months. At that time, motorists will only be able to make right turns at the intersection. That traffic pattern will be put in place as an alternative to completely closing the intersection for the rebuilding.

Despite the traffic congestion that awaits, there is optimism. "I think it's a good thing that they're doing (this project) right now,â?? said Pete Hui, owner of Al Smithâ??s Place. â??It's going to help in the long run. I think little bit of short term pain, but in the long run, everybody's going to be happy with this.â??

The project is slated to be complete by Nov. 1, just ahead of the holiday season, according to city officials.