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New Albany Road East

City will work with county on paving plan


New Albany will receive $232,000 from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to resurface New Albany Road East between Central College Road and state Route 605.

New Albany City Council on Feb. 18 voted 6-0, with Colleen Briscoe absent, to work with Franklin County on the project.

The grant will be administered as part of MORPC's regional resurfacing project. Franklin County is the lead agency and will be reviewing project bids and inspecting the work, said Mark Nemec, New Albany's public-services director.

The project is estimated to cost $290,000. Nemec said the city will have to provide the remaining $58,000, which is in the 2014 budget.

Councilman Chip Fellows said he does not like when projects are out of the city's control and said New Albany officials must ensure the road is paved to the city's specifications.

Nemec said the city will monitor the project and will alert Franklin County if there are any problems with the work.

Nemec said the city has worked with Franklin County to pave portions of Smith's Mill and Dublin-Granville roads without issues.

The project is expected to take place this summer, he said.