Gender Road will receive a facelift in Canal Winchester thanks to a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, according to public works director Matt Peoples.

Gender Road will receive a facelift in Canal Winchester thanks to a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, according to public works director Matt Peoples.

Peoples said the village was awarded a $2-million OPWC grant for intersection improvements at Gender Road and Winchester Boulevard and at Gender Road and Foxhill Drive at the entrance to the elementary school.

The village is providing the remaining $1-million needed for the work.

The project will be bid out at the first of the year with a contractor to be selected by March, he said. Work on the Gender Road-Foxhill Drive intersection will not take place until next summer, Peoples said.

"There will be restrictions, especially on Foxhill Drive," Peoples said. "Construction will not be going on during the school year. It has a significant impact."

Peoples said work on the Gender Road-Winchester Boulevard intersection will take place first and then the contractor will move on to Foxhill Drive.

"There is a lot of traffic congestion, especially at rush hour on Winchester Boulevard," he said.

Peoples said the project will entail adding a second southbound turn lane on Gender Road to eastbound Winchester Boulevard. He said traffic gets backed up during the evening rush hour, with cars turning left into the commercial area around Walmart.

Canal Winchester is hoping to secure a second OPWC grant this year for a project that would increase the number of lanes from four to five on Winchester Pike, north of state Route 33. A center turn lane will be added as part of the project, Peoples said.

"A center turn lane is severely needed," he said. "There are a lot of rear-end accidents with (people) trying to turn into Bob McDorman (car dealership.)"

Northbound Winchester Pike will be converted from a two-lane road into a three-lane road with the addition of a turn lane, he said. That portion of the project is in the city of Columbus, Peoples said, and will include adding a traffic signal at Lehman Road.

"They have had a lot of accidents due to not having a center turn lane," he said.

Peoples said Canal Winchester and Columbus received a $2.1-million Ohio Department of Transportation safety grant in 2009 but that wasn't enough to cover the cost of the roughly $4-million project so the entities are seeking a grant from OPWC.

"Neither one of us could come up with our portion of the rest of the money," Peoples said. "We are trying to utilize the safety funds we were awarded."

He said administrators just started the application process for this OPWC grant. Canal Winchester would be required to contribute something toward the cost of the project but how much has yet to be determined, Peoples said.