Orange barrels will be removed from Henderson Road and lane restrictions lifted at 5 p.m. Friday, when the city reopens a stretch of the roadway in Clintonville.

Orange barrels will be removed from Henderson Road and lane restrictions lifted at 5 p.m. Friday, when the city reopens a stretch of the roadway in Clintonville.

A portion of the east-west corridor, between High Street and state Route 315, has been closed since April as construction crews rebuilt the roadway, installing new waterlines, storm sewers, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman joined local dignitaries at a Thursday afternoon press conference at the corner of Henderson and Starrett roads to rededicate the roadway.

Coleman stressed that the $4.2-million project was completed on time.

"It is now safer," he said. "It took a lot of work and a lot of time, but I remember the bumpy road."

Traffic was restricted to one-way eastbound for the project's duration.

"We have lived through the construction process and it really hasn't been a bad experience," Henderson Road resident Christine Putnam said.

She reminded the audience that 64 families live along the road, which includes a church on one end and Whetstone High School on the other, and urged motorists to drive courteously and obey the speed limit.

Part of the work included a reconstructed bridge over the Olentangy River, a Franklin County project that included a new deck, the widening of the pedestrian portion of the bridge to 10 feet and the straightening of a sharp-turning curve.

John Gideon, vice president of Consider Biking and co-founder of Bike, Walk Ohio, said the cycling community welcomes the improvements.

"This is a huge, huge improvement in the trail," he said. "Before, there wasn't enough room. It used to be one lane."