The city of Bexley has landed a portion of nearly $25 million in funds being distributed by the Ohio Public Works Commission's Public Works Integrating Committee.

The city of Bexley has landed a portion of nearly $25 million in funds being distributed by the Ohio Public Works Commission's Public Works Integrating Committee.

Approximately $24.6 million in grants and low-interest loans will be divided among 18 District 3/Franklin County projects through the State Capital Improvements Program and the Local Transportation Improvements Program for 2012.

Bexley has been awarded approximately $1.8 million of the $2 million total project cost for the East Main Street Comprehensive Improvements Project. A separate $200,000 federal grant will also be used.

Bill Harvey, Bexley's service director, said the city will get $1.43 million in the form of a grant from the OPWC, $470,000 in low-interest loans and $200,000 in federal grant funds for the project. He said none of those funds will be available until 2013.

"We want to upgrade the traffic signals Broad and Main streets," Harvey said. "We want to at least put back plates on them so they're not such a problem when you are driving east and west into the sun. When we do that we're going to look at upgrading the lights, probably to some kind of LED light."

Harvey said the project depends on funding availability and the results of competitive bids that will be solicited.