Major street to go under the knife

Road contruction plans on Main Street in Dayton near MVH. (WDTN Photo)
Road contruction plans on Main Street in Dayton near MVH. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A place that is used to performing major surgery will soon have it going on outside as well.

“It’s a challenge to do a street like this,” says Steve Finke, Deputy Director of Public Works.

Work on widening South Main Street from Patterson to just south of Stewart Street will start in a few weeks. That stretch includes Miami Valley Hospital.

We’re asking if the construction will delay emergency vehicles.

“The hospital has been with us the whole time we planned the project,” Finke says. “They’re aware of everything. The plan is to maintain access to the hospital and the fairgrounds.”

We called the hospital.  A spokesperson says the work is not expected to impeded any emergency vehicles.

The city says it will have lanes open for drivers during construction.

“It’ll be one through lane in each direction,” Finke says. “Left turns will be very limited.”

Dayton City Commissioners approved more than $7 million in funding Wednesday for the project.

It will widen South Main from four lanes to five to make it easier for vehicles to turn.

“It’ll be a very nice road,” Finke says. “Reduce accidents. Much safer road. Better capacity.”

The city says it worked on the detour routes to make it easier for drivers to get around the construction.

“I encourage people to use Patterson and Brown Street because it will get congested on Main Street,” Finke says.

Tthe project is expected to start in the next few weeks. City leaders say it will take about a year and a half to complete. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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