By ERIC SCHAADT
ARLINGTON — After months of pavement renovations and traffic headaches, Arlington’s North Main Street finally is open to motorists.
According to the Arlington Fire Department’s Facebook, a section of North Main Street recently was opened by construction crews.
A section of Main Street from Liberty Street to Buck Run has been closed since last July to upgrade pavement that has been damaged by heavy traffic.
According to village officials, U.S. 68, which is North Main Street in Arlington — is the third-busiest roadway in Hancock County, with more than 3.1 million vehicles driving through Arlington every year.
The project also included upgrading curbs and street drains.
Miller Contracting of Ottawa has been handling the North Main Street reconstruction.
While the road improvement probably will be appreciated, motorists spent the summer navigating around the closure.
Tractor-trailers were rerouted away from Arlington, but that did not stop some truck drivers from trying to navigate some side streets and through Arlington park.
Last week, according to an incident report from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, a truck traveling through an alley off North Main Street pulled down a power line.
Speed bumps were added to roads in the village park to slow down motorists.
Village EMS and fire department equipment were housed in other areas of Arlington while the section of the street was closed to allow for better response time.
Although the roadway is now open, motorists should not grow too complacent with this welcome news.
In the planning stage is upgrading another portion of North Main Street within the next few years.