Old Stringtown set for construction

If you drive on Old Stringtown Road, be prepared for some back-ups.

The City of Grove City plans to reconstruct and widen approximately 1,300 linear feet of the road from Stringtown to Hoover roads. Grove City Service Director Darryl Hughes, along with a representative from engineering firm EMH&T, held a public meeting on Feb. 7 for concerned residents and business owners.

The project is scheduled to begin in April. It should be complete in November.

The estimated cost for this project is $1.5 million. It was approved by the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for funding in 2007. That funding included a $241,000 grant and $727,000 loan. The city will be responsible for generating the remaining $613,000. Council is expected to vote on an ordinance to appropriate $1.5 million from the general fund for the project at the Feb. 19 council meeting.

The city has also set aside $18,000 to relocate two utility lines that cross over Old Stringtown Road. The lines will be placed underground.

Hughes explained that the roadway will be lowered to accommodate curb and gutter drainage and the roadside ditches will be replaced with a closed storm sewer system. The road will also be widened to allow three 12-foot wide lanes, which will incorporate a center turn lane. In addition, workers will replace the existing eight-inch waterline and add sidewalks and decorative street lights.

One-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project, as will access to all local businesses and properties, said Hughes. The one-way traffic will be in the eastbound lane (from Hoover toward Stringtown).

"It will be an inconvenience but we will keep the traffic going," said Hughes.  

Some business owners on hand were concerned that the traffic would only be maintained in the eastbound lanes. According to them, traffic is heavy to the east in the morning but heavier to the west in the evening. This may also make access to certain businesses more difficult.

Hughes explained that the city will advertised for a bid for the road reconstruction project on Feb. 14. If all goes smoothly, the contract should be awarded in the beginning of April.

"I hope the contract will be awarded soon," said Hughes. "I don’t want to delay the project any longer."

While traveling through the construction zone, the city says to obey the speed limits, pay attention to the road surface, keep a safe following distance, watch for lane switches, turn off cell phones, obey the flagger, watch out for workers and use common sense and courtesy.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Old Stringtown Road project, contact Hughes at 277-1100 or dhughes@grovecityohio.gov.

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