POLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – An outdated pump station in Poland Township is getting replaced. That construction work is about to create a traffic headache for local drivers.

Replacing the pump is part of an $18 million project to install new sewer lines on Western Reserve Road from Hitchcock Road to Five Points.

Work is continuing on that project along the stretch of road that includes parts of Boardman, Beaver, Springfield and Poland townships.

Workers have come across a hiccup that is changing the way they are closing Western Reserve Road as they try to navigate a couple of high-pressure Sunoco fuel lines that run along the road. The sewer lines will have to go around those.

“You are going to have over 1,000 pounds of pressure in each one, and we’re going in between two very high-pressure gas lines,” said Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti. “It’s just because of the proximity of the Sunoco gas lines and the inherent danger,”

Starting Monday, Western Reserve Road from Ivy Hills Drive to the Five Points roundabout will be closed to all but local traffic so that work can be done safely.

Word of the closure initially had a number of nearby business owners worried. Scott Berger with Scott’s Massotherapy was one of them until he learned that some traffic will be maintained and detours will be maintained.

“We look at it as a temporary inconvenience, and we think it may even be positive because the people that live out here will be more apt stay out here,” Berger said.

Ginnetti said that closure shouldn’t last longer than 60 days and that the project is a little ahead of schedule because of the warmer January weather.