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Hilliard Rome construction to continue
Road construction designed to allow better access between the far Westside and Hilliard will continue through 2011 and 2012.
The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to continue the road-widening process in the coming two years, picking up on Hilliard-Rome Road where the current project leaves off, south of Roberts Road, and continuing south to Westchester Wood Boulevard. This is a 1.19 mile project.
Bids for the project, expected to cost $8.2 million, are to be submitted by the middle of December, said Brian Hedge, ODOT spokesperson.
For the past several years, work has been underway on Hilliard-Rome Road from Scioto Darby Road in Hilliard, south to near Roberts Road.
Hilliard-Rome Road is being widened from two lanes to four lanes with a center turn lane. This will make traffic flow better between the far Westside and Hilliard, an area that has experienced a lot of development in recent years, creating traffic flow problems.
This is an ODOT project that lies within the City of Columbus. That means the city had to give its approval for ODOT to do the work, explained Rick Tilton, deputy public service director for the city. That action came at a council meeting early in November.
Hedge said the project designed by the city will include curbs and gutters along with the widening of the road.
“There’s a lot of drainage work to be done, also,” he said.
Traffic will be maintained throughout the construction, Hedge added.
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