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Dublin Road and Fishinger Boulevard

OPWC program will provide $535K for intersection project

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An improvement project at the intersection of Dublin Road and Fishinger Boulevard in Norwich Township is one of 14 projects in Franklin County to receive funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission's Public Works Integrating Committee.

The estimated cost of the project is $715,000; the commission will provide $535,000. The Franklin County Engineer's Office will fund the difference.

The project includes the widening of the east side of Dublin Road to three lanes, and the widening of the north side of Fishinger Boulevard to four lanes. Curbs, gutters and wheelchair ramps will be constructed at the intersection.

The project will include the addition of dual left-turn lanes from southbound Dublin Road to eastbound Fishinger Boulevard and, tentatively, a right-turn lane from westbound Fishinger to northbound Dublin.

"There were some complaints that a car stopped at the (red) light to continue west (on Fishinger Boulevard) prevented cars that wanted to turn right on Dublin Road," said Ted Beidler, who works for the Franklin County Engineer's Office.

The project is expected to be bid in February 2014 and construction should begin about a month later, said Wilma Yoder of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

The OPWC's Public Works Integrating Committee awarded more than $31 million to 14 projects in Franklin County. The grants are part of the State Capital Improvements Program and Local Transportation Improvements Program for 2013.

The programs provide financial assistance to communities for the improvement of their basic infrastructure systems.

Eligible projects include improvements to roads, bridges, culverts, water supply systems, wastewater systems, stormwater collection systems and solid-waste disposal facilities. County, city, village, township and other infrastructure districts located in Franklin County were eligible to apply.

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