Orange Township trustees on Saturday approved plans, specifications, bid forms and estimated costs to widen East Orange Road, said Scott Overturf, who oversees township construction projects.

Orange Township trustees on Saturday approved plans, specifications, bid forms and estimated costs to widen East Orange Road, said Scott Overturf, who oversees township construction projects.

The trustees' decision must be advertised for two weeks for public review preceding an open hearing on the proposed improvements, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, a press release said. After the hearing, the township will advertise for bids, Overturf said in an e-mail.

The project will include the widening of about 1.1 miles of Orange Road between South Old State Road and Bale Kenyon Road, Overturf said.

It also will include three roundabouts installed at Walker Woods Boulevard, Ro Park and Bale Kenyon Road, utility and drainage relocation and improvements, deceleration and turn lanes, and a bicycle-pedestrian path from South Old State to Walker Woods Boulevard.

The project is estimated to cost $5.6-million, said Overturf. Delaware County is contributing $338,781. The township's share is $5.3-million. A $245,000 is a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be used on the new leisure path, Overturf said.

For about four years, the township has been saving money to pay for the project, Overturf said. The trustees decided in December 2006 to make the improvements and start the design phase.

The bidding process and approval takes about six weeks, Overturf said.

He said one of the next steps will be clearing trees and moving utilities. Then construction, which will take about 18 months, can begin.

Relocating utilities can take about three months, he said. "Once the utilities are removed near the Bale Kenyon section, that construction will begin. All this can be started after the project's hearing and trustees approve it to go out for bid."