TRUMBULL CO., Ohio (WYTV) – For the past three weeks, the detour on Route 46 has been a source of aggravation for commuters and a sore spot for business owners. But on Tuesday, the area finally reopened at the completion of a culvert replacement project.
A portion of the road, just south of State Route 305 near Tamer Win Golf & Country Club, was closed while the work was being done.
Some learned to take the road closure in stride.
“I know that I have a few customers that I haven’t seen for a couple weeks that live south of here, so I’m just going to say it’s a good possibility that the road closure may have affected that,” said Ron Haines, owner of Dead Dale’s Comics in Cortland.
The closure also caused frustration for the clients and workers of Casal’s de Spa and Salon in Howland.
“A lot of clients were late, calling to say they were going to be late, asking for alternate directions on how to get to the salon,” said Nichole Partain, the salon’s assistant manager.
According to Partain, the most frustrating thing about the closure was that it unnecessarily re-directed traffic away from the business.
“The sign closures were placed too far from where the road was actually going to be closed, so there was a lot of confusion with that,” she said.
Haines, like most who live and work on Route 46, eventually adjusted to the detour.
“I had to find new places to go. Take Route 11 and head south or use McCleary-Jacoby and go around the detour. So a little bit of inconvenience, but it’s like anything else, you learn to deal with it,” he said.
The $400,000 project was part of a larger work order that replaced a culvert on McCleary-Jacoby Road.