Orange Road intersection
Roundabout complete, but 315 work continues
The intersection of state Route 315 and Orange Road opened to local traffic last week, marking the end of one construction project along the main thoroughfare and the beginning of another.
Work began July 29 on a roundabout at the intersection; it was completed Friday, Aug. 30.
Not only was the roundabout completed right on schedule, Delaware County Deputy Engineer Rob Riley said the improvement, expected to cost $967,000, came in $50,000 under budget.
"We did get some rain at the start of the project, but we have had dry weather for the last few weeks, which has been great, and we were able to overcome some of the early delays and get back on schedule," Riley said.
"We were also able to shave some cost off the budget by modifying the maintenance and traffic plans," he added.
Immediately following completion of the roundabout, the Delaware County Engineer's Office began replacing a culvert on Route 315 south of Home Road. That intersection will be closed for about another week, Riley said.
While the culvert is being replaced, traffic is being rerouted via state Route 750 to U.S. Route 23, as it was during work at the Orange Road intersection. The reverse detour also is marked.
A secondary detour is Home Road to Route 23 to Route 750 (Powell Road).
Riley said the engineer's office has heard concerns from drivers about the traffic that has backed up on Route 750 and at Home Road as a result of the work.
"There were a few issues on the first couple of days of school with the buses finding their way to get to the kids they need to pick up, but generally speaking, the local traffic has been able to get where they need to go," Riley said. "Opening the roundabout will make that easier here moving forward."
But even the completion of work along that portion of Route 315 won't give drivers relief. Traffic delays in the area could continue through December as the Ohio Department of Transportation adds turn lanes to the intersection of routes 750 and 315.
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, will begin as soon as the Home Road culvert replacement is finished.
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.
To prevent another congested intersection, the office created a three-way stop at Jewett and Liberty roads.
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.