$3.7M work set by ODOT

The city will be on the receiving end of more than $3.7 million worth of road improvements in the coming years through the Ohio Department of Transportation.

City Manager Lance Willard briefed council this week on the state routes 7 and 14 project and also announced that ODOT plans to pave all of the state routes throughout the city in 2019.

The 7/14 project aims to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection located near the new Firestone Farms development.

The project has been discussed by city officials for more than 10 years due to the number of traffic crashes there. A safety study was first done at the intersection in 2006, and another was completed in 2012. The study was a joint effort between the city, Jobes Henderson, and ODOT.

Town Center and Marketplace at Firestone Farms developer Tom Mackall also requested a traffic study in 2013 in anticipation of increased traffic as a result of the new commercial developments on both sides of the intersection.

The city has already been awarded just over $2 million in federal funding and an ODOT grant, with the city responsible for a portion of match funding.

Willard told council that ODOT informed him the city is almost ready to put the project out to bid, and that the department will soon be notifying him of the exact amount the city is responsible for so that the necessary appropriation can be made.

The appropriation will need to be done through legislation put before council, and Willard said that will likely happen in late November or early December. He also said the project should get under way by January.

As for the remaining state routes in and around the city, Willard ODOT plans to pave all of the roads in 2019, and the project is estimated to cost $1.7 million, with the city responsible for $300,000 of that cost.