Diley Road is scheduled to close June 2-13 to allow crews from Norfolk Southern to replace a railroad crossing.

Diley Road is scheduled to close June 2-13 to allow crews from Norfolk Southern to replace a railroad crossing.

The crossing is being widened to accommodate the widening of Diley Road to five lanes. The project started early this spring and is scheduled to be completed July 30, 2009.

Pickerington service director Edward Drobina said the dates could change, however, should the weather take a turn for the worse.

Drivers should expect additional delays as crews continue work elsewhere on the project this week.

Last week, contractors were installing storm drains along the roadway, Drobina said. This week, they will start installing temporary pavement on the east side of Diley Road.

When that is complete, Drobina said, traffic will be redirected to the new pavement and the existing roadway will be closed.

For the railroad crossing work, traffic from the north will be detoured south onto Hill Road, west on West Columbus Street, north on Long Road and back to Diley Road south of the closure. Traffic from Diley Road south of the closure is directed to take the same route in the opposite direction.

Pickerington officials pursued the road's widening for several years as an integral component of commercial growth and improved traffic flow in the area.

The widening project will convert one of the city's main arterials from a country road into a five-lane boulevard.

Combined with an interchange the Ohio Department of Transportation is building at U.S. 33 and Diley Road, the expansion should pull vehicles toward U.S. 33 as a route to Columbus rather than continuing to increase traffic on state Route 256.

The total cost of widening Diley Road to five lanes from its northern terminus at Hill Road to its intersection with Busey Road is budgeted at $20.82-million. Pickerington's share is expected to top $5.79-million. State and federal road dollars will fund the difference.

Of Pickerington's commitment to the project, $2.27-million was used to secure rights of way.

Many of these parcels are needed only temporarily during the construction process for the placement of equipment and materials.

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