With major construction projects planned along state Route 315 this summer, traffic near Powell's central hub likely will be more congested than ever.
That's why Liberty Township officials say they're taking measures to beef up traffic safety along Jewett Road, which will serve as a detour route for cars traveling on Route 315.
At a meeting June 3, the township's board of trustees approved plans to pay $3,976 to lay reflective striping down the center and edges of Jewett Road.
Delaware County officials also are evaluating the need for a three-way stop at Jewett and Liberty roads.
"No outlet" signs will be installed at residential entrances to the Calumet Farms subdivision to discourage through traffic.
Additionally, signs will direct trucks and "non-local" traffic to take Interstate 270 and avoid using Route 315 north of the outerbelt altogether.
Township Administrator Dave Anderson said the high-visibility striping will improve safety along the winding Jewett Road corridor, which runs about two miles west from Route 315 before it terminates at Liberty Road.
"(The striping) is pretty faded there in the center as people tend to go across that quite a bit," Anderson said, adding: "For most drivers, I think it will make a big difference."
He said the striping will be installed prior to the start of construction for a roundabout at the intersection of Orange Road and Route 315. Construction will begin in mid- to late July.
During the construction period, Route 315 will close for about seven days, but Orange and Carriage roads will be closed at the intersection for 45 to 60 days, forcing some east- and westbound traffic onto Jewett Road.
To facilitate a higher traffic volume on Jewett Road, officials are considering installing three-way stop signs at its intersection with Liberty Road.
Jim Cirigliano, the township's assistant fiscal officer and a member of the homeowners association for the adjacent Calumet Farms subdivision, is pushing for the three-way stop. He said it's needed to make traffic manageable and allow residents such as him to exit their neighborhoods.
The Delaware County Engineer's Office suggested a study should be completed to assess the need for the signs, but hasn't begun any studies yet.
Once the roundabout is complete, traffic again will be directed onto Jewett Road in August so the Ohio Department of Transportation can install turn lanes at the intersection of Route 315 and state Route 750, also known as Powell Road.
The intersection is a notorious bottleneck, backing traffic up for a mile or more during rush hour.
It's not yet clear how long the project will take to complete, but the crossings at Route 315 and Route 750 won't be closed at the same time during the project, said ODOT Public Communications Manager Nancy Burton.