Pickerington City Council last week approved spending more than $130,000 to reconstruct a "K-type" intersection of Center Street, Milnor Road and Meadows Boulevard.

Pickerington City Council last week approved spending more than $130,000 to reconstruct a "K-type" intersection of Center Street, Milnor Road and Meadows Boulevard.

Council Aug. 21 unanimously gave final approval to spend up to $133,215 to redesign the intersection.

According to City Engineer Greg Bachman, the work is needed to improve safety at the intersection by reducing confusion among motorists. He also said the cost of the work is expected to be as low as $115,000.

"(It's) mainly for safety to the public," Bachman said of the planned work.

Bachman said the Center-Milnor-Meadows intersection is problematic because its current configuration leads to confusion among drivers over who has the right of way.

The current intersection alignment is known as a "K-type" intersection, Bachman said, because the Milnor and Meadows side roadways come in from one side of Center, making the road arrangement appear like a "K."

He said it's particularly confounding for drivers on Milnor Road and Meadows Boulevard who attempt to exit onto Center Street.

Those problems are compounded, he said, because a hill on Center Street limits visibility.

Council has approved contracting with Newark, Ohio-based Jobes Henderson & Associates Inc. to redesign the intersection.

"There are currently two alternates," Bachman said earlier this month.

"Alternate A separates Milnor and Meadows by about 100 feet, leaving two 'T' intersections with Center Street.

"Alternate B turns Meadows into a cul-de-sac, leaving one 'T' intersection at Milnor and Center."

In either alternate, Bachman said, a northbound Center Street left turn lane would be added and the hill on Center Street would be reduced.

Public meetings to discuss the alternates and time for public input before detailed design work is done.

"Meeting dates haven't been determined yet," Bachman said.

"We need to get into the design a little bit so that we have sufficient detail to show the public."

Once a design is determined, the city will bid for the construction of the project.

City officials estimate the construction will cost approximately $450,000.

Construction is expected in 2015 or 2016, depending on the availability of the funding, Bachman said.

He added the work should be completed within one construction season, which typically begins in early fall and ends in October or November.