Grove City is pursuing $900,000 in funding assistance for intersection improvements at Holton and Hoover roads.

Grove City is pursuing $900,000 in funding assistance for intersection improvements at Holton and Hoover roads.

The city will submit an application to the Ohio Public Works Commission for grant and loan funds for the project. Construction costs will total roughly $1.2 million, said city administrator Phil Honsey. He conservatively estimated typical design and construction management costs would bring the project total up to about $1.4 million. The city would be responsible for the remainder of the total project cost.

A public meeting to discuss the grant application is tentatively planned for 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 in council chambers, 4035 Broadway.

"We're basically putting our hat in the ring to get money," Honsey said. The results of the city's funding request would be released between July to August of 2012.

The city plans to add traffic signals and widen the road. One lane in each direction would be added for dedicated left and right turn lanes. Existing bicycle paths would also be connected through the intersection, Honsey said. Construction could start in late 2012 or early 2013.

"The area carries a significant amount of traffic, especially during the school year," Honsey said.

The project is the first of three improvement phases slated for the intersection and the area to the east. Latter phases include areas outside the city and would involve the Franklin County engineer and Jackson Township.

"We think it's a needed improvement," Honsey said. If grant funds weren't available, the speed of the project would depend on how the mayor and council prioritize transportation improvements.