Johnstown Road will be closed for at least two weeks this summer while crews from the Franklin County Engineer's Office repair a culvert just south of Yantis Drive.

Johnstown Road will be closed for at least two weeks this summer while crews from the Franklin County Engineer's Office repair a culvert just south of Yantis Drive.

New Albany City Council on Jan. 24 passed a resolution to contract with Franklin County for the project. The culvert runs beneath the leisure trail on the west side of Johnstown Road.

Service director Mark Nemec said council member Sloan Spaulding asked about the culvert after he saw something that didn't look right.

Nemec and the city engineer went to the site and found part of the concrete coming apart at one end of the culvert.

"It's not in the wheel path (where cars drive) but it needs to be fixed," Nemec said.

Nemec told council the culvert is about seven feet wide.

Franklin County will repair the damage, rebuild the deck over the culvert, repave the road and replace the guardrails, Nemec said. New Albany will reimburse the county $116,000 for the work.

"This one is a repair, not a replacement," Nemec said. "The county can pour the form over the winter and then do the work in two weeks."

Because the repair is not an emergency, Nemec said, he expects work to start in June, after school is out.

A posted detour will take drivers off Johnstown Road at either Morse or Dublin-Granville roads and direct them onto Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road.