Part of Hamilton’s Main Street to be detoured 10 days for intersection work

Construction continues on the intersection of Main Street, Millville Avenue and Eaton Avenue in this November 2018 photo. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Construction continues on the intersection of Main Street, Millville Avenue and Eaton Avenue in this November 2018 photo. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Part of Main Street’s westbound traffic in Hamilton will be detoured for 10 days as construction crews work on the intersection of Main Street with Millville and Eaton avenues. The detours start today.

Eastbound traffic will remain open, Hamilton officials said.

The detour for westbound traffic will take F Street and will return to Main Street using the Dick Avenue intersection.

“Visitors will still have access to their favorite local businesses, and residents will have access to their properties,” according to a release by the city.

Officials have said the approximately $3.2 million intersection work should be done by September.

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When state officials were considering whether to grant the intersection a special designation that ultimately won it 90-percent funding from Ohio, they found the number of wrecks from 2008-2010 ranked it among Ohio’s “Top 100 Non-Freeway Fatal and Serious Injury Locations.”

The main part of the work is altering the angles at which Millville and Eaton intersect with Main. Rather than being at their current sharp angles, they will join Main at 90-degree angles, which will make it easier for drivers to see oncoming traffic. The improvements also should improve traffic flow.

Meanwhile, with extra land that will become available at the intersection, the non-profit City of Sculpture organization hopes to install a striking metal sculpture there next year, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hamilton being named a city of sculpture. Funds are being raised privately.

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Around June, construction crews will start working on the Eaton Avenue part of the intersection, city Engineer Rich Engle has said.

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