German Village Gazette

City looks at Livingston Avenue reconstruction

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The city of Columbus wants to reconstruct Livingston Avenue from Front Street to east of Parsons Avenue.

At the German Village Society Board of Trustees meeting July 14, officials from the Columbus Department of Public Service said the city intends to build bike lanes, curb extensions, new sidewalks and make up upgrades to intersections and the streetscape along the neighborhood's northern border.

Plans also call for burying power lines and making Livingston a two-way street between Front and High streets.

It is now one-way eastbound between those intersections. The freeway entrance ramps at Third, Fourth and Front streets would be relocated.

The plan comes with a couple of caveats: The city has no money earmarked for construction and is somewhat at the mercy of the Ohio Department of Transportation's Interstate 70/71 interchange project, which is under development, engineer Bud Broughton told the board.

Yet, the city will begin a preliminary engineering study in the next couple of months and will work in concert with ODOT, Broughton said.

"We're pretty positive we'll be able to do pretty much everything on here," Broughton said.

Livingston reconstruction is part of the south innerbelt improvement plan, a network of roadway changes in that area of Downtown.

In that, the city wants to make Mound Street a one-way road heading east and Fulton Street a one-way street going west.

Front Street would be converted into a two-way street, which would complete the conversion of downtown.

ODOT also has plans for the area, such as building a retail cap on the Third Street bridge over I-70 and installing decorative landscaping, sidewalks and parking on the Fourth Street bridge.

However, those projects are part of a wish list that has not been approved.

Moreover, ODOT is only in the preliminary stage of the interchange project, construction for which is not expected to begin until 2017, Broughton said.

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