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Traffic roundabouts are planned for Groveport Road just east and west of Alum Creek Drive.
Franklin County Engineer Dean Ringle said the project to reconfigure Groveport Road at Alum Creek Drive as a highway interchange has begun and is expected to be completed by November 2013.
"The project involves the construction of a flyover bridge and bypass roadway, south of Groveport Road, that will include roundabouts located east and west of Alum Creek Drive," said Ringle. "We will also widen Alum Creek Drive immediately north and south of Groveport Road."
Other work includes the construction of storm sewers, curbing, gutters, driveway aprons, sidewalks, multi-use paths, median strips, and guardrail; installation of new street lighting, and traffic control signals and signage; and landscaping.
Two-way travel on Groveport Road will be maintained during the construction this year. Motorists, however, should expect slower than normal traffic while lanes are restricted. A posted alternate route for westbound motorists will follow Bixby Road south to Alum Creek Drive, north to Rathmell Road, west to Frusta Drive, and north to Groveport Road. Eastbound traffic may follow the alternate route in the opposite direction.
Travel on Alum Creek Drive will be maintained during most of the project. The only closure scheduled is over a weekend in September when steel beams are set for the new flyover bridge. The posted detour route will use Frusta Drive and Rathmell Road.
"In 2013, Groveport Road will be closed east and west of Alum Creek Drive for the completion of the two roundabouts," said Ringle. "During this closure, the Groveport Road alternate route will be used as the detour route."
The Franklin County Engineer’s Office is supervising the building of this $9.5 million highway improvement by the Double Z Construction Company. Funding is provided by the Federal Highway Administration, through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission; Ohio Public Works Commission; Ohio Department of Transportation; Ohio Department of Development; Franklin County; village of Obetz; and private contributors.