New Albany Links residents can anticipate slower traffic coming through their neighborhood on New Albany Road East after three medians are installed west of the commercial business campus.

New Albany Links residents can anticipate slower traffic coming through their neighborhood on New Albany Road East after three medians are installed west of the commercial business campus.

New Albany City Council voted 6-0 on June 19 to authorize the city manager to advertise for bids for the street project. The work includes repaving 15 miles of city streets and installing ramps to the Americans with Disabilities Act specifications as needed. It also includes sealing cracks on 17 other roads and repairing curbs in the project area.

Councilman Glyde Marsh, who said he does not support "traffic calming" devices because they are difficult to navigate around, tried to amend the bid authorization to remove the traffic calming project. Council voted 5-1 against the amendment

Marsh voted in favor of the bids after he could not remove the traffic calming project.

City Service Director Mark Nemec said the entire street project will cost $1.47 million, which will be drawn from the street improvements and capital improvements funds.

The median installation is anticipated to cost $75,000.

Nemec said New Albany Links residents have complained about speeding traffic for two years, even though the speed limit is 25 mph. Local police also say speeding is an issue, which could be because the road is wide and straight, Nemec said.

To slow the vehicles, the city will install three 10-foot wide medians in the center of New Albany Road, west of Sugarwood Drive and east and west of the bridge between Decker Drive and Dean Farm Road. The medians will include four street trees and grass, similar to the median on Johnstown Road in front of the Plain Township Fire Station.

Nemec said once the medians are in place, the city will consider increasing the speed limit from 25 mph to 35 mph in the commercial areas, keeping the 25 mph speed limit in the residential portions of New Albany Road East.

In addition to the median project, 39 streets will be repaved: Abbotsbury Court, Alpath Road, Arboretum Court, Beecher Court, Bremo Recess, Biltmore Court, Carters Grove, Cavendish Court, Central College Road, Charlotte Hull Court, Drayton Hall North, Drayton Hall South, Ealy Court, Evelyton Road, Goodheart Court, James River Road, Jason Court, Landon Lane, Lower Bremo Lane, McCurdy Drive, Miller Avenue, Neiswander Square, Ogden Woods Boulevard, Olmsted Road, Pine Ridge Court, Plainview Drive, Prince George Lane, Ratchford Court, Riverway Court, Sudbrook Square, Sudbrook Square East, Sudbrook Square West, Tarrytown Court, Tuckahoe Court, Upper Bremo Lane, Vaux Link, Whyte House Lane, Wilkin Court and Wilton House Court.

Seventeen streets will have cracks sealed: Aldie Mill Drive, Forest Drive, Fort Ward Drive, Holkam Road, Jersey Drive, Lambton Green North, Lambton Green South, Lambton Place, Lee Hall Court, McClellan Drive, Pamplin Court, Pamplin Way, Shirley Court, Stannage Pass, Sutton Place, Wentworth Crossing and Wentworth Drive.

The city also will patch spots on Smith's Mill Road, Evans Road and Morgan Road.

2x2 traffic calming graphic available in Photo Storage 1: 0628na-TrafficCalming