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Construction will take holiday break

BUCKEYE LAKE- Buckeye Lake Police Chief James Hanzey said road construction crews resurfacing Ohio 79 through Buckeye Lake Village are expected to be completely out of the village by noon Thursday to create room for visitors in town to see the BLASST fireworks at 10 p.m. Thursday and enjoy all the other weekend festivities the July 4 weekend has to offer. “They may be out by 1 p.m.,” he said. “I warned them we’re going to have a major crowd Thursday night.”

According to an ODOT press release, crews will not work in downtown Buckeye Lake on Thursday, July 3 and no work will take place on the 4th of July or during the weekend.

Work is expected to finish at the end of next week.

Construction through Buckeye Lake Village is part of a larger ODOT repaving project. “It’s a doozy,” said Ericka Pfeifer, ODOT District 5 public information officer.

Pfeifer said the Ohio 79 project is part of a large resurfacing project throughout Fairfield and Licking County, more specifically Buckeye Lake and Hebron, Ohio 360 between the intersections of 79 and Ohio 79 between Ohio 37 and Enterprise Drive.

Currently, the contractor is paving the two lane section of Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake. Weather permitting, they will be completed with this section by the end of next week. The entire project should be completed by September 30, 2014. All work is weather permitting.

The Shelly Company of Thornville is completing the project, which is projected to cost $2,659,834.

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