Plans are progressing for intersection improvements where Peachblow and Winter roads meet at U.S. Route 23.

Plans are progressing for intersection improvements where Peachblow and Winter roads meet at U.S. Route 23.

Currently, there are issues with visibility and access to the highway from either road, said Delaware city spokesman Lee Yoakum.

"The project will improve access and mobility, and support planned land-use changes and economic growth along the U.S. 23 corridor," he said.

In May, the city approved money for the roadway design portion of the project, which will include a traffic signal approximately 370 feet north of the existing Peachblow Road-Route 23 intersection. The preferred design would realign both Winter and Peachblow roads with the signal, Yoakum said.

While both roads would become dead-ends, residents would still have access to U.S. 23 from their properties on the realigned portion of each road.

Preliminary plans also call for a driveway from the Delaware Area Career Center to Peachblow Road to make access to U.S. 23 safer for students and staff, Yoakum said. The Columbus State University campus will connect to Winter Road when it opens next year.

The estimated cost of the project is $6.3-million, according to city estimates, including $400,000 for design, $775,000 for right-of-way acquisition and $5.17-million for construction.

Yoakum said $2-million will come from stimulus funds and the city is working with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to secure another $1.7-million to $2.3-million.

The remaining funds will come from local revenues reimbursable over time through a community authority.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is in charge of the project and expects to take bids in the first quarter of 2010 and be under construction by next spring, Yoakum said.

ODOT held an open house at the Center for Older Adults on Cheshire Road on July 23 that was attended by about 25 people, many of them Peachblow Road residents, he said.

Many asked general questions while others had specific questions about the effect on their property, he said.