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Bethel Road resurfacing to continue for several weeks

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Crews resurface westbound lanes of Bethel Road near Olentangy River Road May 22. City officials said. When the crews finish the portion between Olentangy River Road and Bentley Drive, they will begin working on the area from Bentley to Pickforde Drive.
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Thousands of motorists who travel Bethel Road daily will face several more weeks of delays as the city of Columbus resurfaces the thoroughfare between Olentangy River Road and Pickforde Drive.

Now, the city is completing a portion of roadway between Olentangy River Road and Bentley Drive.

The work was expected to be completed last year, but the city ran out of time, said Rick Tilton, assistant director of public service.

When that work is done, construction crews will begin resurfacing Bethel from Bentley to Pickforde.

During times when the contractor is performing work on the project, traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction.

The good news is that rush hour is off limits for construction; the contractor can work all hours except from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m., Tilton said.

The city's total resurfacing program this year is estimated to cost $33.5 million, $1.5 million of which will be for surface treating about 35 miles of alleys. The Bethel project will cost a total of about $1.3 million.

John Ehlers, president of the Northwest Civic Association Board of Trustees, said drivers just need to put the work in perspective and take their time when traveling.

"We all complain loudly when the infrastructure needs repair, so we should appreciate that the repair is being done," he said. "I'm just glad something's being done."

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