Construction projects have begun on South Green Road, Richmond Road and Chagrin Boulevard, and drivers should expect temporary closures and detours. Travel to and from some Jewish agencies may be affected.
Thomas Kreczko, staff engineer for the city of Beachwood, said the city plans to reconstruct Richmond Road from Hendon Road north to Fairmount Boulevard and to resurface South Green Road from Fairmount Boulevard to South Woodland Road and then from Chagrin Boulevard to South Woodland. The Chagrin Boulevard entrance to Bet Olam Cemetery will be temporary closed. The city also plans to extend the existing right-turn lane on eastbound Chagrin Boulevard at Park East west through Bet Olam Cemetery's Chagrin entrance. Construction will take place in two phases.
“The project was planned to coincide with the closing of schools so that school bus traffic would not be disrupted,” Kreczko said. “In addition, this project fits in with the ongoing high-school renovation work currently under construction.”
Kreczko said phase one of the Richmond Road reconstruction (from Hendon to Fairmount) will close the intersection of Fairmount Boulevard and Richmond Road. He said Richmond Road traffic will be maintained with one lane each way. The construction was delayed from June 11 to June 13 to inform Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority bus riders of the closing of the Fairmount Boulevard stop.
During phase one, replacing pavement on the west side of Richmond Road will completely close Fairmount Boulevard west of the intersection, Kreczko said, but Fairmount east of the intersection will be partially open. He said northbound traffic is permitted to turn right onto Fairmount eastbound, and Fairmount westbound traffic can turn right onto Richmond northbound. No left turns will be allowed at the intersection.
Kreczko advised drivers to access Richmond Road by traveling west on Fairmount, south on Green and east on Shaker Boulevard during phase one.
Laura Munson, communications director at Fairmount Temple, said the temple has already informed its congregants of the road construction and has planned accordingly.
“We understand the construction project may cause delays,” Munson said. “It may affect their drive here, but we warned our congregants to watch for detour signs.”
Kreczko said phase two, which will begin after phase one (about 30 days later) is completed and last 30 days, will flip construction to the east side of the intersection, while Fairmount west of the intersection will be partially open. During the later phase, southbound traffic will be permitted to turn right onto Fairmount westbound. Fairmount eastbound traffic will be allowed to turn right onto Richmond southbound.
Kreczko said drivers can access Richmond Road during phase two by traveling east on Fairmount, south on Brainard Road and west on Shaker Boulevard.
Phase one of the resurfacing on Green from Fairmount Boulevard to South Woodland Road will occur at the same time as the Richmond Road reconstruction, Kreczko said. Southbound traffic on Green will be maintained, while northbound traffic will be detoured.
Phase two of the project, slated to start early August, will allow northbound traffic on Green from Chagrin Boulevard to South Woodland Road. Southbound traffic will be detoured.
Extension of the existing eastbound turn lane at Park East Drive through Bet Olam Cemetery’s Chagrin Boulevard driveway began June 10. Work will last from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for 21 days. Traffic will be maintained on all Chagrin Boulevard lanes.
Kevin Radigan, assistant supervisor at the Bet Olam Cemetery, said the cemetery and the city of Beachwood have posted signs informing visitors of the changes. Radigan said the cemetery encourages visitors to enter and exit via Richmond Road, adding that many businesses were notified of the changes and are looking forward to the improvements.
“With progress comes inconvenience,” Radigan said. “But with this project, Chagrin Boulevard will be safer and less congested, which we are in immense favor of.”