Olentangy Valley News

Workers' error extends closure of Powell Road

But intersection with state Route 315 temporarily has reopened for the Memorial Tournament

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One of Delaware County's busiest intersections is open after two months of construction work, but it will close again next week.

In mid-March, the Ohio Department of Transportation closed state Route 750 -- also known as Powell Road -- between state Route 315 and Valley Run Drive just east of Powell.

The closure, which allowed a contractor to construct and stripe left-turn lanes on the east and west legs of the intersection, originally was scheduled to wrap up completely by Memorial Day.

The intersection reopened temporarily last Thursday, May 22, in time for the Memorial Tournament and Memorial Day traffic. The Memorial Tournament began Monday, May 26, and runs through Sunday, June 1, at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, about seven miles west of the intersection.

ODOT spokeswoman Nancy Burton said although the road will be open, the project is not complete.

"(The road) will be open with a temporary surface course," Burton said of the intersection.

The road will close again Monday, June 2, to allow crews to install the permanent surface and finish landscaping work.

The closure will last two weeks, according to ODOT.

Under ODOT's contract with Complete General Construction for the project, the Columbus-based contractor was ordered to pay $15,000 for each day of work past the 60-day deadline. Burton said that penalty will not be enforced because the delay was not caused by the firm.

Complete General Construction was not scheduled to start its work on the project until 15 days into the closure to allow for the relocation of utility lines.

Burton said a mistake by a subcontractor for AT&T during underground utility work in that first 15 days required additional digging at the site, which delayed the entire project.

Burton said ODOT has not yet determined if it would seek any kind of restitution from the subcontractor.

"Right now, our priority is getting this intersection open and getting the work completed," she said.

The construction of left-turn lanes at Route 750's intersection with Route 315 is part of a $3.5 million project to alleviate traffic in the area.

Left-turn lanes were installed on the north and south sections of the crossroads last year.

Work also is underway on a slope stabilization project north and south of the intersection on Route 315.

Burton said that project will continue after the intersection opens and will not lead to any additional closures.

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