Commuters should expect to see construction work along Stringtown Road early next year.
During the Dec. 19 meeting, Grove City council approved $195,000 in appropriations to relocate the utilities between McDowell and Hoover roads to begin Phase II of the Stringtown Road Reconstruction Improvement Project.
According to Les Spring, the city’s director of public service, Phase II will entail lane improvements, curb and gutter installation, updated lighting and traffic signals, bike paths and sidewalks, closure of the ditch and the removal of the guardrails.
Construction could begin in March and would likely last until the end of 2012.
"We’re hoping that it will be done in one construction season so we can limit the inconvenience to the public and the property owners," said Spring.
He said there would not be any closures to that stretch of road during the reconstruction.
"It won’t be like White Road where there was a closure; traffic will be maintained," said Spring. "It will be congested, but at least people will be able to get through."
The Phase II reconstruction has an estimated price tag of $7.1 million. Through loans and grants, the Ohio Public Works Commission will pay for $6.3 million of the project. The city will likely have to foot the rest of the bill.
After the project is completed, motorists should not expect to see additional orange barrels along Stringtown Road.
"This should wrap up the corridor from Hoover Road to Buckeye Parkway," said Spring. "There’s nothing else planned (for Stringtown Road) after this."