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Karl Road reconstruction work proceeding on time, on budget

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A truck drives south on Karl Road near Alpine Drive Aug. 29. Work on a major reconstruction of Karl Road in the Sharon Woods subdivision is on time and on budget, according to the Columbus Public Service Department. It is expected to be finished in November.

The total reconstruction of a stretch of Karl Road is on time and on budget, a spokesman for the city's Public Service Department said last week.

"So far, so good," Assistant Director Rick Tilton said.

Work on one of the main streets in the Sharon Woods subdivision, stretching from East Dublin-Granville and Schrock roads, began May 7 and is scheduled for completion in November.

"We should be really pretty much on time," Tilton said.

Based on estimates he received from city employees in the field, he said about 55 percent of the work had been completed as of last week. Weather has caused some minor delays, Tilton added, but not enough to push completion back by any appreciable amount of time.

The project involves replacing existing pavement, curbs, curb ramps and sidewalks; installing new street lights; adding a left-turn lane at Alpine Drive; improving signals at Schrock Road and upgrading water lines and storm sewers.

Karl Road has been closed to northbound traffic since work started. Southbound traffic has been maintained.

The construction is expected to cost $4.7 million, with another $750,000 added for design, right-of-way acquisition and relocation of utilities, according to Tilton. The estimated construction cost was holding true as of last week, he said.

"The project, we had it ready to go for some time, but money for the construction phase wasn't available," Tilton said.

The August 2009 voter approval of Issue 1, which increased the city income tax by half a percentage point, provided the funding for the Karl Road reconstruction and other infrastructure improvements that had been on hold for want of money for several years.

"This was one of the top-priority projects that we wanted to get done," Tilton said.

The stretch of Karl Road, once the work is completed, will have been "reconstructed from the ground up," he said.

"This roadway will be useful for decades to come," Tilton added.