Columbiana expects roads to be extra busy this weekend

Columbiana expects roads to be extra busy this weekend

COLUMBIANA — The city police department is reminding people to plan ahead for traffic delays this weekend.

Police Chief Tim Gladis said that more traffic is expected as a result of the several planned events this weekend.

“There is always a lot of traffic for Christmas in the Woods, so everyone should plan on extra time to get through there or into the festival,” he said, also referring to the St. Jude Oktoberfest, planned from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Jude Parish on Seventh Street.

“The organizers are doing all they can to keep traffic moving, but expect delays,” he added.

In addition to those two events, the annual Community Safety Day is also planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the South Vine Street fire station.

The safety day event is sponsored by the Columbiana Fire Department and will feature live demonstrations, emergency equipment and vehicle displays, and even a visit from the police department’s new K-9 officer, Csuti, and handler Bryan Granchie.

Gladis said he doesn’t anticipate the construction work at the state Routes 7 and 14 intersection to be problematic for traffic, but people should be mindful that the work in ongoing and plan accordingly — even avoiding the intersection if possible.

City Manager Lance Willard said on Wednesday that the intersection project is nearing its last phase, which is the installation of the new traffic lights.

“Construction is going really well. It looks really nice,” he said.

He added that lines will be painted on the newly paved roads by the end of next week.

The police department has provided officers to help direct traffic at the busy intersection during the work.

The $2.75 million project is spearheaded by the Ohio Department of Transportation and the contractor is AP O’Horo Co. of Youngstown. Work began in March.

Willard said the project’s anticipated completion date is Nov. 1.