LAKE TWP.  Orange barrels will soon line state Route 619 as a $10 million project gets underway in May.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will be widening state Route 619 between Kaufman Street and Milan Avenue by adding a lane in each direction and turn lanes. The project also includes adding a roundabout at the state Route 619 and Kings Church Avenue intersection and another roundabout at the state Route 619 and Kaufman Avenue intersection. New signals and drainage repairs will also be done during the project.

The reason for the project is to help improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the area, which will in return improve safety and reduce the number of crashes in the area.

Public Information Officer for ODOT District 4 Justin Chesnic said construction will start soemtime next month, but the exact details of the phasing of the project and closures are still being worked out.

A minimum of one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on state Route 619 during construction. Chesnic said King Church Avenue will be closed for one construction season and Kaufman Avenue will be closed for 30 days. Also Market Avenue north and south of state Route 619 will be closed for 14 days each.

"All detours will be posted," Chesnic said. "Access to all residences and businesses will be maintained at all times throughout construction."

The entire project is expected to be completed in June 2020.

ODOT is also planning to do outreach to businesses and will have a website dedicated to the project with updates.

"From a safety standpoint, we ask motorists travel carefully through the construction zone, pay attention to speed limits and avoid distractions," Chesnic said.