Improvements to Henderson Road, delayed last year because of a conflict with a Columbia Gas project, will proceed as planned this spring.

Improvements to Henderson Road, delayed last year because of a conflict with a Columbia Gas project, will proceed as planned this spring.

The roadway improvements, which will occur between state Route 315 and North High Street, are scheduled to begin in mid to late April and to wrap up in November, said Mary Carran Webster, Columbus assistant director of public service.

"The money's in hand, and it's going to bid," Webster said.

The project, expected to cost more than $4-million, will involve replacing the roadway, redoing the sidewalks, curbs and waterlines, and replacing traffic signals. The bike path on the south side of the road will be replaced and widened.

Plans for the improvements have not been changed since the project was delayed last year, Webster said.

The bidding process is expected to open March 12, so city officials don't yet have a final cost estimate for the improvements, Webster said.

Bids received for the project last year put the price tag at $4.6-million, but Webster said the cost is expected to be higher now because of increases in construction costs.

During the construction, one lane will be left open to allow for eastbound traffic. Those looking to cross the river westbound will have to travel either north to state Route 161 or south to East North Broadway, Webster said.

Temporary speed bumps will be placed on side streets stemming off Henderson Road to decrease cut-through traffic. Cut-through traffic on Weisheimer Road will be prohibited except for COTA buses and emergency vehicles, Webster said.

The city plans to hold a public meeting in March to review plans for the roadway improvements with the community. A time and date for that meeting have not been set, Webster said.