By Dedra Cordle
Major repairs to Borror Road are not set to begin until next year, but minor repairs to a smaller section will begin soon.
At the Aug. 21 Jackson Township board of trustees meeting, service director Rex Blair announced that the portion of Borror Road between Jackson Pike and Buckeye Parkway will be closing Sept. 4 for the complete reconstruction of the Patzer Ditch Bridge.
The repairs are needed, said Blair, due to the aging infrastructure of the bridge.
“It’s really old,” he said.
According to Blair, the section of Borror Road will be closed for approximately 45 days, weather permitting.
The traffic maintenance is as follows: The detour route for eastbound motorists will follow Buckeye Parkway north to Holton Road, east to Jackson Pike and south to Borror Road; westbound motorists will follow the detour route in the opposite direction.
The cost for the project will not be incurred by the township but rather Franklin County.
The Patzer Ditch Bridge replacement is a part of the Borror Road Improvement Project, which is scheduled to begin construction in March 2019.
The improvement project is a multi-entity cooperative agreement between the county, township and the city of Grove City to reconstruct nearly two miles along Borror Road between Quail Creek Boulevard and State Route 104.
Repairs and additions include street widening, street lighting, water line repairs, a multi-purpose path for pedestrians and cyclists, and a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Borror and Buckeye Parkway.
The estimated cost of that project is $6.2 million.
The portion of the work on the Patzer Ditch Bridge, however, is estimated by the county to be $393,676.
In related news, the trustees named Blair, with acting administrator Lynn Bruno as consultant, to serve as project manager for the Borror Road improvement project. The trustees said this will be a temporary role for Blair and Bruno as they believe the township administrator should handle the duties when one is named. There is currently a search process under way to find the next township administrator.
Additionally, a public meeting was scheduled for Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at the township administrative building, located at 3757 Hoover Road, for the Borror Road improvement project.