Hazards to get to the greensThose who go to the Heart River Golf Course will travel a new route to get there since Eighth Street Southwest is under construction.
Those who go to the Heart River Golf Course will travel a new route to get there since Eighth Street Southwest is under construction.
Construction began in June, but motorists have been using the old road. Beginning this week, motorists will be driving the new route.
Motorists will still take Eighth Street, the section of the road that connected to the golf course and also allowed access to Patterson Lake.
However, the road has been rerouted through what used to be an open field, said Al Heiser, Stark County Road Department superintendent. The project will cost an estimated $350,000, he said.
“It really doesn’t affect access to the golf course,” said James Kramer, Dickinson Parks and Recreation director. “Where in the past, the road naturally went right by the entrance of the golf course, now it will be a little bit south of the golf course and we’ll have a separate drive off of that road, up to the golf course.”
The reroute has caused some confusion in how to get to the golf course, Heiser said, but construction shouldn’t cause any major delays.
The curvy, narrow road also didn’t allow for expansion and the project was “long overdue,” Heiser said.
“I do think it will create a safer road out to the golf course, because that other road did have some pretty wicked turns,” Kramer said. “With coming right out of the golf course parking lot and going right onto that road at that corner, there were some near misses there.”
The new road is straighter and wider, Heiser said.
“The road was narrow and there was really no room to expand the road here much,” Heiser said.
The county also saved $25,000 to $30,000 by grinding up the section of the road that will no longer be used and using it for the new road, he added. Construction is expected to be completed this fall, Heiser said.
The old section of road will be seeded and become an open field, Heiser said.