Olentangy Valley News

Route 315 work will bring 'months of discomfort'

Orange Road, Powell Road projects will tie up traffic starting next week; officials say they'll be worth trouble


The planned work on state Route 315 that has been looming over drivers and causing concern among Powell and Liberty Township residents will begin Monday, July 29, with the closure of the state route at Orange Road.

The Delaware County Engineer's Office will construct a roundabout at the Orange Road intersection over the course of five weeks. During that time, traffic will be rerouted via state Route 750 to U.S. Route 23. The reverse detour also will be marked.

A secondary detour during the work will be Home Road to Route 23 to Route 750 (Powell Road).

Following the completion of the roundabout, the county engineer will close Route 315 south of Home Road for a culvert replacement. Work is expected to be finished on the culvert by Sept. 27. The detours that will be marked for the roundabout will remain the same during the culvert replacement.

Ferzan Ahmed, a deputy director for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said work planned to build turn lanes at the intersection of routes 315 and 750 is expected to begin in August.

The first phase of the $4.2 million project, which involves a 60-day closure of Route 315 to the north and south of Route 750, may overlap the county engineer's culvert replacement, Ahmed said.

The only marked detour for the first phase of the project will be along U.S. Route 23, but the county engineer's office expects a heavy increase in traffic on Jewett Road as a result of the roadwork closures. This week, it will place signs to create a three-way stop at Jewett and Liberty roads to ensure the intersection doesn't become congested.

During the project's second phase, a portion of Route 750, west of Route 315, will be closed for 45 days. The marked detour will be Route 315 to Route 23 to U.S. Route 42 to state Route 257.

In addition to building turning lanes at the bottleneck intersection, ODOT will decrease the steep grade of Route 750 leading into Powell.

Although ODOT's plans show the roadwork at the intersection of routes 315 and 750 could be completed as early as mid-December, permits allow for the entire project to continue until May 15, 2014. Ahmed said this is because any number of unforeseen circumstances could delay work, including inclement weather.

"There are going to be months of discomfort; I'm not going to sugarcoat this," Ahmed said at the July 16 meeting of Powell City Council. "But it's a few months for 20 years of good roads to travel on."