By Linda Dillman
Two major projects in and near Lockbourne will have roads and a busy intersection tied up for a few weeks when a truck turnaround and roundabout are constructed later this year.
“The Lockbourne Road and State Route 317 project will reconstruct the stop-controlled intersection with a single-lane modern roundabout. Street lighting will also be added as part of this project,” said Carla Marable, communications director for the Franklin County Engineer’s Office.
During construction, Lockbourne Road will be closed at the intersection of Lockbourne Road and State Route 317. Traffic will be detoured to Rathmell Road, High Street, Rowe Road, Duvall Road, Ashville Pike and Rickenbacker Parkway.
The closure is anticipated to last approximately 45 days, weather permitting and the project is expected to start this summer.
“Post construction, safety at the intersection will be improved by reducing the speed of all traffic entering and eliminating the types of crashes that typically result in injuries,” said Marable. “Traffic flow will be improved due to a reduction in stopped traffic and a significant reduction in traffic delays.”
Also on the engineer’s list for 2022 is the construction later this spring of a cul-de-sac between the Norfolk & Southern and CSX railroad bridges along Commerce Street in Lockbourne.
The project includes a turnaround area at the intersection of Vause and Canal roads, along with warning detection for over-height trucks in advance of the railroad bridges.
During the construction phase, Commerce Street will be closed between Lockbourne and Canal roads for approximately 42 days, weather permitting. Traffic will be detoured via Lockbourne Road, State Route 317, and Canal Road.
“Post construction, over-height trucks will be detected and warned via flashing warning signs in advance of the low clearance bridge,” said Marable. “The newly constructed cul-de-sac between the railroad bridges and turnaround area at the Vause Road and Canal Road intersection will provide turnaround locations for these trucks. Passenger vehicle traffic will still be able to travel as they have previously.”
The Franklin County Engineer’s Office is in charge of the approximately $450,000 Commerce Street improvement project, which includes the advanced warning system. The cost for the roundabout is approximately $1.76 million and is also funded through the engineer’s office.
A bid opening for the two projects was held on Feb. 8 and Marable anticipates the contracts will be awarded on March 8. The timeline is dependent on the contractor. More information will be available following preconstruction meetings for the pair of projects.