The city of Columbus began work this week on $10 million in infrastructure improvements along the Sullivant Avenue corridor that includes roadway repairs, pedestrian safety enhancements, new traffic signals and street lighting.
The neighborhood investment follows a commitment Mayor Andrew Ginther made in his State of the City address in February to the residents and businesses along this corridor.
The upgrades will be made on nearly two miles of Sullivant Avenue between Hague Avenue and I-70.
“This is more than revitalizing the streets and sidewalks and other infrastructure,” said Ginther. “It is about revitalizing lives and supporting and empowering our neighborhoods.
Residents and businesses along the Sullivant Avenue corridor will be seeing exciting infrastructure improvements in progress during this construction season.”
The Department of Public Service is leading this neighborhood project, with $2 million of the infrastructure improvements being completed or managed by its divisions of Infrastructure Management and Traffic Management.
“The Sullivant Avenue corridor will be revitalized with improved streets, sidewalks, street lighting and other infrastructure fixes,” said Director Jennifer Gallagher. “The department is excited to be a part of this project and to complete many of these neighborhood improvements with our in-house teams.”
Infrastructure Management Division has assessed sidewalk, panel by panel, for cracks, deterioration or unevenness. As a result, 500 to 1,000 sidewalk panels and multiple driveways will be replaced. Approximately 170 panels are being repaired to eliminate trip hazards and make the sidewalks easier to access for everyone.
The Sullivant Avenue streetscape improvement plan also includes $7 million in design and construction funding to replace traffic signals with span wire; build permanent pedestrian safety improvements including bump-outs, refuge islands and crosswalks at up to 12 intersections; replace all existing street lights along Sullivant and side streets with LED cobra head luminaires; and add artistic lighting at the I-70 bridge underpass.
Public Service teams will perform and manage project work including sidewalk replacement, ponding mitigation, maintenance crack sealing, alley rehabilitation and landscaping. They will also replace all stop signs and other damaged or faded signs and upgrade pavement markings where they are faded or missing.