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Three more phases planned for Mink Street

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Pataskala officials -- (from left) Benjamin King, Jason Fravel, Todd Barstow, John Grosse, Pat Sagar and Melissa Gibson -- watch as Mayor Mike Compton kisses the new Mink Street asphalt Aug. 6 during a dedication ceremony recognizing completion of the first phase of the reconstruction project.

Pataskala officials and residents gathered Aug. 6 to dedicate the reconstruction of 2.52 miles of Mink Street between Morse Road and the bridge north of Havens Corner Road.

The road was widened to 20 feet and 2-foot berms were installed as part of the first phase of repairs to the street.

The $1.8 million project was partly funded with an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of $342,000. The city borrowed 1,458,000 to finance the remainder of the project.

City Administrator Benjamin King said three more phases of the Mink Street improvement project are planned.

The phases won't be completed in chronological order, officials said, but will be done as funding is obtained and local matches are approved, according to city officials.

The second phase, expected to be completed in 2016 or 2017, would include reconstruction from the bridge at Havens Corner Road to Broad Street.

The third phase, planned for 2015, would improve the intersection of Mink and Broad streets, adding turning lanes in all four directions and upgrading traffic signals, King said.

The fourth phase, which started last week, involves reconstruction of Mink Street from Broad Street to Refugee Road.

The fourth phase is being completed with assistance from the Licking and Franklin county engineers' offices.

According to Pataskala officials, Mink Street will remain open during the project but motorists traveling between Broad and Refugee roads during construction could experience delays.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is contributing $206,664 to the fourth phase, which is estimated to cost $258,330.

The city is expected to fund the remaining $51,666.

King said the city is waiting to receive final bids on the fourth phase.

He said Pataskala is expected to receive grants from MORPC for 65 percent of the costs of the second phase and grants from the OPWC to cover 35 percent of the third phase.

"We know the funding breakdown, but not the (project) costs at this time," King said.