A project that has been on the back burner for months has now been green lighted to move forward.
At the July 21 Reynoldsburg City Council Committee meeting, members passed legislation that would authorize Mayor Brad McCloud to get started on a $7,500 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission that would jump start the Summit Road Improvement Project.
"From the preliminary works, the improvements would be from Refugee Road south to Main Street," Finance Chair Ron Stake said.
James Miller, the city’s director of engineering, said the improvements are needed to the area because it is too small for in the future when it will become heavily trafficked, especially with the proposed new Reynoldsburg High School slated to be built in the area.
"It’s a narrow, old road that is falling to pieces," Miller said.
He added that the Summit Road Improvement Project would widen the road, which is currently measured at 21 feet wide, and the expanded dimensions would be able to support the traffic from the road’s future uses.
However, Stake said although the city is entering into an agreement to seek financial assistance for the Summit Road Improvement Project, it is not guaranteed the deal will happen.
"We have to involve the townships and the Reynoldsburg City School District to make sure this plan is feasible for all involved," he said.
The Council Committee rushed to push this through because the application for financial assistance has to be approved and turned in before September, and the council is in recess for the month of August.
As for the projected cost of the improvement project, Miller said he recently received the figures and plans to go over them before announcing it at the July 28 council meeting.
"This is a bit different than what we did before because we knew what the projected cost was going to be (when discussing making improvements)," Ward IV member Mel Clemens said.
Miller assured the board he would keep everyone updated and "in the loop" regarding the road and utilities project.