New Albany plans to replace the median on U.S. Route 62 just north of the intersection with state Route 161 as part of its annual street improvements.

New Albany plans to replace the median on U.S. Route 62 just north of the intersection with state Route 161 as part of its annual street improvements.

Director of public service Mark Nemec told village council July 20 the concrete median will be removed and replaced with a median of grass and trees.

"It will be like U.S. 62 north of Smith's Mill Road," Nemec said.

Mayor Nancy Ferguson said the new median is an aesthetic improvement.

The project is being completed in conjunction with street paving.

Nemec said this year's street-improvement projects, including the Route 62 median replacement, are expected to cost $365,000.

Most of the improvements are considered preventative maintenance and repairs. Nemec said he annually surveys all the village roads, focusing his attention on more heavily traveled streets.

The village plans to use crack sealing on West Campus Road, New Albany Road East, Central College Road, Walton Parkway, Bevelhymer Road, Dublin-Granville Road and Johnstown Road.

Pavement repairs will be completed on state Route 161, Walton Parkway, Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Aspinwall South and Jonell Square.

Pavement overlays are scheduled for Bevelhymer and Harlem roads.

The following roads will be restriped: West Campus Road, New Albany Road East, Central College Road, Bevelhymer Road, Walton Parkway and Harlem Road.

A few smaller projects have been included in with the street improvements, Nemec said.

The village is installing pedestrian crossings at state Route 605 and Chatham Green Drive and at Dublin-Granville Road at the New Albany Middle School entrance. The crossings will include flashing signals and pavement markings.