By autumn, Jefferson Township residents should start to see crews working on an improvement project at Taylor and Reynoldsburg-New Albany roads.

By autumn, Jefferson Township residents should start to see crews working on an improvement project at Taylor and Reynoldsburg-New Albany roads.

Township administrator Ellen Walker said traffic at the intersection has been trying, "especially during rush hour."

The project involves adding turn lanes and a traffic signal.

Franklin County is funding the $1.5-million project.

"We are very pleased that (the county) responded favorably to our requests to add sidewalks and to begin (improvements) as part of our plan for redevelopment of the area down there to a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere," Walker said.

Walker said the project has been on the county's to-do list for a long time. Improvements at Taylor and Reynoldsburg-New Albany roads were slated to follow last year's improvements to Havens Corners and Reynoldsburg-New Albany.

Walker said the county had planned to work on the intersection in 2000, but other projects were moved up on the priority list.

"We have been waiting for a while," she said. The traffic is really horrendous, (especially) for people going to and from work."

Cornell Robertson, highway-design engineer with the Franklin County Engineer's Office, said construction could begin in August. Work likely would continue through the winter and conclude in July 2009.

"I would like to get it done before we would affect another school season," Roberson said.

Traffic will be maintained on Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, he said. When work starts on Taylor Road, west of Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, some road closures and a detour will be necessary, but residents within the construction zone will have access.

Robertson said Jefferson Township residents won't see any road closures until 2009, though.

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