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SR 18 Widening Project

Roadway Improvement (Safety)

Project Status

  1. Proposed

  2. In Development

  3. Pre-construction

  4. Construction

  5. Completion

About the Project

SR 18, through various portions of the city of Medina, Medina Township and Montville Township, will be widened and reconstructed between just west of Alber Dr. to Nettleton Rd. The existing two lane section, from just west of Alber Dr. to  just west of Foote Rd., will be widened to three lanes, just west of Foote Rd. to River Styx Rd. will be widened to five lanes, and from River Styx Rd. to Nettleton Rd., will be widened to seven lanes.

Access management techniques will be implement along the corridor. Improvements will be made to drainage, traffic signals, and signage and a new bridge will be constructed for a multi-use path to be added along the south side of the roadway through the project for bicyclists and pedestrians.

River Styx Rd., from Smith Rd. to 295ft. south of Smith Rd., will be widened and reconstructed and new storm drainage will be installed as well.


Estimated Begin Construction: April 2021

Estimated End Construction: June 2024

Contractor: Fechko Excavating 


TRAFFIC IMPACTS - All outlined work is weather permitting.

State Route 18 major reconstruction – State Route 18, from just west of Alber Drive to Nettleton Road, will have single lane closures as crews widen and reconstruct the roadway.


  • Foote Road, between SR 18 and Timber Trail, is open to traffic. Access to Carrick Drive from Foote Road and the driveway to the County building are still closed. The concrete entrance to Carrick Drive needs time to cure and will open in about week. Till then, motorists can access Carrick Drive from Waterford Drive off of SR 18.


  • Crews continue resurfacing work and driveway removal and replacements along the southside of SR 18.
  • Crews are working on the permanent signals throughout the project limits and the pedestrian bridge over the Rocky River.
  • Left turns movements, between Nettleton Road and the new Frontage Roads, will be restricted with the installation of the concrete median. Traffic will be directed to use the legal U-turns at Nettleton Road and Frontage Road to reach businesses in this area.
  • The traffic configuration on SR 18 will have a minimum of one lane in each direction with turn lanes at intersections. 

Estimated completion: June 2024


(Last updated information below 4/12/2023)

2023 Construction Progress Update: 

  • The project is on track to achieving its June 2024 completion date.
  • One lane of traffic along SR 18 will be maintained in each direction.
  • Left-turn lanes will be available at all signalized intersections.
  • SR 18 widening, between Foote Road and River Styx Road, will be constructed in three phases:
    • Phase 5: A lot of work was performed this winter on drainage, waterline, and soil stabilization. This has allowed Phase 5 work to be completed, including:
      • The temporary pavement on the north side of the road is completed. This will be used to maintain traffic while construction on the south side of the road is performed.
      • River Styx Road construction is complete, except for cleanup, topsoil placement, and final seeding and mulching. The River Styx Road/Smith Road intersection still needs to be completed, and all this work will be completed by the end of this construction season. Traffic will be maintained.
      • The temporary traffic singals at Foote Road, Summa Healthcare Driveway, and Village Gate Drive/Beuhler's Drive are operating. 
    • Phase 6: Asphalt pavement up to the intermediate course will be constructed on the south side of the road.
      • Side road improvements will be built on:
        • Foote Road, south of SR 18. Foote Road, between SR 18 and Timber Trail, it will have a 60-day closure. It is expected to be reopened just before Memorial Day. 
        • Carrick Drive
        • Waterford Drive
        • Summa Healthcare driveway
        • Beuhler's drive
      • This phase is expected to be complete late June/early July.
    • Phase 7: Traffic will be maintained on the south side pavement constructed in Phase 6. Asphalt pavement up to the intermediate course will be constructed on the north side of the road.
      • Side Road improvements will be built on:
        • ​​​​​​​Foote Road, north of SR 18.
        • Burgundy Bay Boulevard
        • Retreat Drive
        • Victor Drive - A 14 day detour will begin in early August. Advance notice will be given of the exact day the closure will occur.
        • Village Gate Drive
        • Lake Medina Park entrance will have a 2-day closure. More details to come.
      • Permanent traffic signals will be installed:
        • ​​​​​​​Foote Road
        • Summa Healthcare driveway
        • Village Gate Drive/Buehler's Drive
  • Miscellaneous work performed throughout the construction season: 
    • ​​​​​​​Curb ramp and sidewalk construction east of River Styx Road and west of Foote Road will be completed. 
    • Minor drainage work will be completed. The major drainage work was completed this past winter.





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