FAIRBORN — The southbound lane of Dayton Drive in Fairborn near Main Street will close approximately today 7 a.m. Aug. 15, limiting the roadway to one lane for about two months.
Some areas of the sidewalk are also expected to close at various times throughout the Dayton Drive widening project, which began with surveyors examining the roadway Aug. 14, and is expected to wrap up by the end of November.
“As with all road construction projects in Fairborn, we ask that drivers slow down in the construction zone and be careful of the construction workers in their workplace,” City Engineer Don O’Connor said in an email interview.
The construction project involves a widening of Dayton Drive, in addition to the installation of new curbs, improvements to the Maple Avenue and Dayton Drive intersection and a full-depth reconstruction, which means the current hard surface on Dayton Drive from Xenia Drive to Maple Avenue will be completely removed down to the dirt so that a brand new surface can be installed. The construction will address the grade of the road, widen it by an additional lane onto Maple Avenue and complete phase three of the city’s Streetscape project, which was aimed at improving usability and the aesthetics of Main Street.
After the project is complete, drivers utilizing the Maple Avenue and Dayton Drive intersection will be permitted to turn left from the westbound and eastbound directions onto Dayton Drive, which is not currently permitted due to the high grade of that intersection, impacting the sight distance and creating a safety hazard. Drivers will still not be permitted to turn left from the southbound direction onto Dayton Drive due to the sharpness of the turn.
“We appreciate the patience of citizens as we complete this important project,” O’Connor said. “It will be a tremendous improvement when finished.”