In addition to the beginning of the Triangle project, other major road project in Hilliard this year will benefit the city, Norwich Township, the Franklin County Fairgrounds, commuters and pedestrians.

In addition to the beginning of the Triangle project, other major road project in Hilliard this year will benefit the city, Norwich Township, the Franklin County Fairgrounds, commuters and pedestrians.

The Avery Road-Northwest Parkway Intersection Improvement Project is scheduled this year. Clyde Seidle, the city's public service director, said the bidding process begins Feb. 11, construction starts in March and completion is expected Nov. 15.

"Basically, the project extends existing Northwest Parkway over to Avery Road and installs a traffic signal at Avery and Northwest Parkway," said transportation engineer Letty Schamp. "It provides access for the Joint Safety Services Building and provides a true public street for through traffic."

Drivers may notice how the road on Northwest Parkway changes at the Fairgrounds.

"Currently, Northwest Parkway only goes from Leap Road and then to the west, and then when it gets to the Fairgrounds property, it's still a road connection, but it's technically not a public street," Schamp said.

"It's more of a private driveway to serve the fairgrounds, and it was not built to public street standards," she said. "Years ago, they used to block it off when the fair wasn't going on."

"With the new Safety Services building, the Norwich Township trustees came to the city and said we would like to see you do something," Seidle said.

City officials said that once completed, the project will also benefit the fairgrounds by providing better access with left turn lanes, as well as infrastructure like sanitary sewer connections in place for future development.

In addition, there will be pedestrian paths that may be extended to Leap Road in the future.

Schamp said construction will halt prior to and during the Franklin County Fair, but the east side of the project should be done by then. The west side of the project may start before the fair.

Hilliard received $1-million in federal funding for the Avery-Northwest Parkway project from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

"It's a $2.3-million project," Seidle said. "The city has put up public money to build the rest of the roadway."

"Northwest Parkway has become more and more heavily used," said city council member James Ashenhurst. "The improvements there will make that flow more smoothly. Plus, it'll be a lot safer."