Editor's note: The roadwork on Route 57 in Elyria has been canceled today due to rain. They will try again 6 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday).
ELYRIA — For at least a week, motorists can expect delays and headaches while traveling through Elyria on state Route 57.
Through September, crews from Microsurfacing Contractors LLC will be micro-surfacing all the intersections on Route 57 where it meets city streets from Abbe Road in the east to Lorain Boulevard in the west, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The delays that began on Route 57 over the weekend should last through Aug. 20, according to the city.
The entire scope of the work will include the intersections of Route 57 and Chestnut Ridge Road, Broad Street, Taylor Street, Abbe Road, Gulf Road, West River Road, Furnace Street and Lorain Boulevard.
Micro-surfacing applies a protective coat over the roadway to extend its life, and consists of chemicals and fine stone aggregate. The work improves traction, creates friction between vehicles and the road surface and slows traffic in high-speed lanes.
ODOT District 3 spokeswoman Kaitlyn Thompson said micro-surfacing can be used both for traffic calming and is also a cost-effective means of preventive maintenance for areas of the road that may need a better-paved surface in the future.
"There is a scratch course, to be followed by a surface course that is smoother," she said.
The micro-surfacing should extend the life of the road and make the intersections more driveable until they need to be paved again, Thompson said.
In Lorain County, state Route 83 from the Medina County line to state Route 303 also will be affected by ODOT micro-surfacing work, the agency said.
Additional resurfacing on Route 57 from Interstate 90 to state Route 254 within city limits will reduce traffic to one lane there until that work is completed in September, the city previously said.
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