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Roadwork will abound in Grandview's 2014

Bike paths, curb work, signal upgrades, ADA compliance part of season's plans

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"Road work ahead" signs will be a ubiquitous sight for Grandview drivers this year.

"We are going to be doing a lot of projects in different areas of the city," Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

The work will include improvements on Goodale Boulevard from Grandview Avenue west to the Lincoln Road curve.

The Goodale improvements mostly will be funded by a combined $2.95 million in grant money and a low-interest loan the city received last year from the Ohio Public Works Commission, DeGraw said.

Some money from the city's water and sewer fund also will be used, he said.

The work will include upgrades to water, sanitary and storm-sewer lines and reconstruction of the roadway, DeGraw said.

"We will be putting in sidewalks where we can, including adding a sidewalk to the southbound side at the Lincoln Road curve," he said. "It will add to the safety of pedestrians."

Bike paths will be installed on each side of the road, DeGraw said, and a raised curb will be placed near the tennis courts at Urlin Avenue to provide protection for people who sit near the roadway to watch matches. Other improvements will make the area compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The city will hold a public meeting about the project at 6 p.m. today, April 17, in council chambers, 1016 Grandview Ave. City staff and consultants will review plans and answer questions during the meeting.

The 2014 street improvement program will include about a half-million dollars of work, DeGraw said.

Roads to be repaved are: Palmer Road and the adjacent alley; Oxley Road between Northwest and First Avenue; and First Avenue between Grandview and Oakland avenues. The latter project largely will be funded with county money, DeGraw said.

Curbs also will be upgraded around the city, DeGraw said.

Bids for the street-improvement program were scheduled to be opened Tuesday, April 15, he said. The work will begin later this spring.

The city also will begin work to improve traffic signals at several intersections, including Grandview and Goodale, Grandview and First, First and Oakland, First and Oxley, and Northwest and Goodale.

The city won a grant of up to $3.1 million from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to pay for the project.

The improvements will include connecting the signals with the computerized Columbus signal system, DeGraw said.

"The intent is to coordinate the signals so they work together to help keep traffic moving," he said.

ADA upgrades also will be made at the intersections, DeGraw said.

The intersection of Grandview Avenue and Dublin Road already has been upgraded as part of the project.

Crews will work this spring to fill the numerous potholes caused by winter weather, DeGraw said.

"It's been a brutal winter and I don't know if I've seen so many potholes before," he said.

The administration will ask council to appropriate money for the pothole project, but the bill still is to be determined, DeGraw said.

Along with these projects, motorists can expect work relating to the local Safe Routes to School efforts along with infrastructure and road improvements associated with the Grandview Yard project, he said.

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