Delaware News

Workers' error extends closure of Powell Road

But intersection with Route 315 temporarily has reopened for golf tournament


One of Delaware County's busiest intersections will reopen in time for the Memorial Tournament and Memorial Day -- but will close again shortly after.

In mid-March, the Ohio Department of Transportation closed state Route 750 -- also known as Powell Road -- between state Route 315 and Valley Run Drive just east of Powell.

The closure, which allowed a contractor to construct and stripe left-turn lanes on the east and west legs of the intersection, originally was scheduled to wrap up completely by Memorial Day.

Nancy Burton, spokeswoman for ODOT's District 6, said last week that the intersection was expected to open temporarily, weather permitting, Thursday, May 22, or Friday, May 23. The Memorial Tournament will be held Monday, May 26, through June 1 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, about seven miles west of the intersection.

"It will be open with a temporary surface course," Burton said of the intersection.

The road likely will close again after the tournament wraps up to allow crews to install the permanent surface. Burton said ODOT has not yet determined the duration or time frame of the second closure.

Under ODOT's contract with Complete General Construction for the project, the Columbus-based contractor was ordered to pay $15,000 for each day of work past the 60-day deadline. Burton said that penalty will not be enforced because the delay was caused by utility workers, not the construction firm.

Complete General Construction was not scheduled to start its work on the project until 15 days into the closure to allow for the relocation of utility lines. Burton said a mistake by a subcontractor for AT&T during underground utility work required additional digging at the site, which delayed the entire project.

Burton said ODOT has not yet determined if it would seek any kind of restitution from the subcontractor.

"Right now, our priority is getting this intersection open and getting the work completed," she said.

The construction of left-turn lanes at Route 750's intersection with Route 315 is part of a $3.5 million project to alleviate traffic in the area.

Left-turn lanes were installed on the north and south sections of the crossroads last year.

Work also is underway on a slope stabilization project north and south of the intersection on Route 315.

Burton said that project will continue after the intersection opens and will not lead to any additional closures.