Any roads not being worked on?


Are the many orange barrels in and around the Sunbury area giving you the blues or making you see red? Does it seem like Ohio’s state motto is “Road Closed”? We agree, so we thought we’d see what all is going on in the area.

We’ve gathered information from the Village of Sunbury, the City of Westerville, City of Columbus, Delaware County Engineer’s Office, Franklin County Engineer’s Office, and the Ohio Department of Transportation, and put it into this story. Here’s at least some of what’s happening.

As residents know, drainage work (Del-Co Water) and utility work (Columbia Gas) was done on Cherry Street and resurfacing was done on State Route 37 at the same time this summer, making for some creative ways to get around the Village Square and Sunbury Plaza. Fortunately, things are winding down.

On Sunbury Road, northbound traffic between County Line and Maxtown Roads is now on the newly-paved east side of the road. Southbound Sunbury Road is closed through October. A center turn lane and additional northbound lane is being added, along with a sidewalk on the west side and a multi-use trail on the east side of Sunbury Road. This is a joint project with Westerville and the Delaware County Engineer’s Office and has received a federal grant of $6.2 million.

Those who drive on Sunbury Road know that the Smothers Road Bridge opened last month. The project was handled by the Franklin County Engineer’s Office. Other bridge repair projects that were completed is Morse Road over Big Walnut Creek and Alum Creek Drive over Big Walnut Creek.

A new roundabout at Lewis Center and Bale Kenyon Roads in Orange Township opened August 11. However, Bale Kenyon Road is closed just south of Bluffs Drive for about 45 days. In September, Bale Kenyon Road will close just north of Bluffs Drive for about 45 days.

The Delaware County Engineer’s Office is looking at installing a roundabout at the intersection of Mt. Royal Avenue and South Old 3C, north of the ponds at Orchard Lakes in Genoa Township, a $7 million project. “South Old 3C will be closed to through traffic between Hawksbeard Drive and Mt. Royal Ave. beginning September 2017 with southbound traffic maintained to local residences,” states the county’s Road Construction Guide.

Bridge repair at Schrock Road over Alum Creek should be completed Friday, Aug. 18. Other bridge projects to come are: Rohr Road over CSX & NS Railroad, Aug. 14-Sept. 8; Fishinger Road over the Scioto River, Aug. 28-Oct. 16; Trabue Road over a private drive west of U.S. 33, Sept. 1-29; Grandview Avenue over the Scioto River, Oct. 9-Nov. 17.

In Westerville, Huber Village Boulevard at South Spring Road should be open again. Traffic in front of City Hall has been shifted to the east side of the road as construction continues in the courtyard.

Cleveland Avenue is being widened from Sharon Woods Metro Park to Schrock Road, across from St. Ann’s Hospital. A noise wall would be put in for residents of Barrington Square Apartments. “The current intersection and surrounding roadways have numerous safety and functional deficiencies, as identified in a 2012 Safety Study,” states a project update.

The widening of Central College Road in both directions at Harlem Road to add turn lanes is slated for construction this fall, according to the City of Columbus.

Resurfacing Warner Road between Hamilton and Harlem Roads will take place next spring. Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Orion Place and Olde Worthington Road is also scheduled for 2018, part of a $15.8 million Polaris Parkway improvement project.

A shared use path constructed on the west side of Olentangy River Road between Ackerman Road and North Broadway is complete. The second phase, a similar path on Olentangy River Road between John Herrick Drive and Lane Avenue is to be determined.

A project by the City of Columbus to build a shared-use path between the south side of Morse Road and the Alum Creek Trail is on hold.

Improvements to South Old State Road that will widen it to two lanes in each direction from Polaris Parkway to Orange Road is underway, with the $22 million project in Orange Township estimated to finish next June.

Phase 2 of upgrading Worthington and Big Walnut Roads in Genoa Township will begin in September. Worthington Road south of Big Walnut, and Big Walnut east of Worthington Road will be closed.

According to ODOT, the $47 million project on the west side “to widen and reconstruct I-70 between Hilliard-Rome Road and I-270 is expected to be complete in November 2017.”

In Delaware County, resurfacing on U.S. 36 between Miller Drive and Wilson Road was completed last week.

Last week, SR 314 at SR 95 in Morrow County reopened after pavement resurfacing. All lanes will be open on Friday at SR 314 between Waterford Road and U.S. 42.

In Franklin County, Twin Rivers Drive is closed south of Goodale. This means drivers will not be able to access Twin Rivers Drive from either direction of Goodale or from Olentangy River Road. Detour: US 33 (Dublin Road) to Twin Rivers Drive. Olentangy River Road will be reduced to two lanes southbound and one lane northbound between Goodale Blvd. and the ramps at SR 315 south until September 13.

Starting August 24, ODOT will begin a project to resurface SR 315 from Clubview Blvd. in Franklin County to Jewett Road in Delaware County and from SR 750 to US 23. The job is expected to be completed Oct. 30, with one lane open at all times with flaggers. The project will start in Franklin County and move towards Delaware.

ODOT says a portion of the Olentangy Trail under I-270 will close August 1-November 1, weather permitting, to complete construction on new ramps and bridges at the I-270/SR 315 interchange.

From November to December, a traffic signal will be installed at Worthington Road and Highland Lakes Avenue.

The Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway, ODOT’s largest-ever project, is half-way completed. The $420 million project is a 16-mile bypass from Lucasville to Portsmouth and is expected to open next December.

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Cherry Street at State Route 37 was a hub of construction activity this summer.
http://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/08/web1_Road-work-Cherry-and-37.jpgCherry Street at State Route 37 was a hub of construction activity this summer.

A lane of Sunbury Road is closed, as seen from Red Bank Road.
http://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/08/web1_Sunbury-Road-Work.jpgA lane of Sunbury Road is closed, as seen from Red Bank Road.

Worthington Road is closed at Big Walnut Road.
http://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/08/web1_Big-Walnut-and-Worthington-Road.jpgWorthington Road is closed at Big Walnut Road.

By Gary Budzak

gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.