The final phase of the Stringtown Road reconstruction is chugging along.

The final phase of the Stringtown Road reconstruction is chugging along.

The project, rebuilding Stringtown from Hoover Road to McDowell Road, began in the spring of 2012 and is projected to be completed by September, a total of two construction seasons.

Grove City Public Services Director Les Spring said the project is slightly ahead of schedule and will fully start back up once the weather breaks, probably sometime in the middle of March. The cost of the project, he said, is around $6.6 million.

"The project's going very well," Spring said. "It was a huge project."

The improvements to Stringtown include a widening of the road; the installation of curbs, gutters and storm sewers; lowering the street itself three or four feet in places to improve the drainage; and sidewalks on both sides of the road, with as well as a bike lane on one side.

When complete, the rebuilt portion of Stringtown will have a total of five traffic lanes: two going east, two going west and a turn lane. The road, Spring said, will support the same amount of traffic it currently does, but it will be able to accommodate it more safely.

"That section was an older section," Spring said. "It'll look much like the other sections of Stringtown Road. It'll mirror the newer sections."

Spring said there have not been any major problems during the project. One side of the road is essentially complete and only requires one final layer of asphalt when the other side is complete.

"We could have done it in one (season) if we shut down traffic," Spring said. "When you maintain traffic, it usually takes twice as long."

The work has been done under traffic, Spring said, to maintain access to the merchants along that stretch of the road.

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Councilman Steve Bennett said residents need to support the businesses on Stringtown despite the inconvenience of the construction, adding that some of the businesses have taken hits during the construction.

"These businesses are out there, and they need to remain there," Bennett said. "If we don't support them, they won't be there in the fall."