Powell officials said they support the Ohio Department of Transportation's river bank stabilization plan, and hope it will be expanded to include turn lanes on Powell Road at state Route 315.

Powell officials said they support the Ohio Department of Transportation's river bank stabilization plan, and hope it will be expanded to include turn lanes on Powell Road at state Route 315.

The issue was discussed at last week's city council meeting.

ODOT asked area residents and officials to comment on plans displayed during a public hearing earlier this month.

In 2011, ODOT will begin work to stabilize the west bank of the Olentangy River on Route 315 near Jewett Road and in another spot about a half mile north of Powell Road, ODOT officials said.

The department also is considering widening state Route 315 about a half mile north of Powell Road to Jewett Road and adding turn lanes on Route 315 at Powell Road.

Turn lanes on Powell Road are not a part of the plans. Earlier this month, ThisWeek incorrectly reported that turn lanes were being considered also on Powell Road.

"The focus is stabilizing the river bank," ODOT spokesperson Brian Hedge told ThisWeek. "The work would be on Route 315, not Powell Road."

However, Hedge said, ODOT wants input on the plans and welcomes any comments. The preliminary plans can be viewed online at http://www.dot. state.oh. us/districts/D06/Pages/SR315SlopeStabilization.aspx.

Options for stabilizing the bank include using concrete retaining walls or soil bioengineering with vegetation that would blend into the existing scenery, ODOT documents said. Similar options are being considered for widening Route 315 in the area.

Hedge said the cost is estimated at $5-million to $21-million, depending upon what is done.

Comments on the plans are being accepted until Jan.14. The comments can be mailed to Brian Tatman, ODOT District 6, 400 E. William St., Delaware, OH 43015.