By Rick Palsgrove
Upgrades are being planned for the busy Bixby Road/Groveport Road intersection.
“The plans are being designed now and construction should start in spring 2021 and end in fall 2021,” said Michael Corbitt, village of Obetz deputy administrator and director of engineering. “This is a village of Obetz project.”
According to Corbitt, the estimated cost for the improvements is approximately $1.6 million and the project will be funded “by the village of Obetz and partially funded by nearby development.”
Improvements to the intersection will include left turn lanes and more.
“Groveport Road will have a new eastbound and westbound left turn lane constructed onto Bixby Road with associated signal modifications,” said Corbitt. “This project will also consist of improving the current condition of Bixby Road south of the intersection to the village corporation line. A multi-use path will be constructed along Bixby Road.”
Corbitt said the turns lanes “will provide a safer intersection while providing additional capacity to Groveport Road.”
The intersection handles a large traffic flow, especially on Groveport Road during peak morning and afternoon rush hours. The intersection’s current configuration often sees traffic back ups on Groveport Road when drivers attempt to turn left onto Bixby Road.
“The highest a.m. peak hour is approximately 1,100 vehicles and the highest p.m. peak hour for traffic is approximately 1,200 vehicles,” said Corbitt.