CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – As drivers head out to the Canfield Fair this holiday weekend, their commute should be noticeably smoother.
Crews with the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office are working on three projects simultaneously.
Paving crews have been working this week to grind and repave a stretch of Raccoon Road between Kirk and Route 62 as well as portions of Tippecanoe and Shields roads.
They are important routes to and from the fairgrounds.
The projects are part of the county’s $3 million summer paving program.
Shields Road alone accounts for more than 10% of that overall cost and handles more than 30,000 cars and trucks a day.
“It’s certainly been an inconvenience for the travelers, but again, it’s a temporary inconvenience and once that project’s done, it’s gonna move traffic along much easier,” said Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti.
Meantime, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be keeping an eye on traffic near the fairgrounds this weekend, assigning more than a dozen troopers to the area.
“I mean, on any given day, could be up to as many as 100,000 people that show up for the fair, so with that amount of people, that means there’s a lot of traffic,” said Highway Patrol Lt. Brad Bucey.
Bucey said drivers should be watching out for congested areas, following message boards and signs for parking and alternative routes, and putting down their cell phones.
“Last year, at the intersection of Leffingwell and 46, we actually had a motorist run into a Sheriff’s deputy, so we don’t want anything to happen like that this year,” Bucey said.