Madison Township trustees voted 3-0 last week to apply for Ohio Public Works Commission funds to pay for improvements to Chatterton Road between Fontaine and Reynard roads.

Madison Township trustees voted 3-0 last week to apply for Ohio Public Works Commission funds to pay for improvements to Chatterton Road between Fontaine and Reynard roads.

Franklin County Highway Design Engineer Cornell Robertson said the project is estimated to cost $5 million and would include adding a turn lane and sidewalks.

He asked trustees at their Aug. 13 meeting to consider applying for OPWC funds on behalf of the county and provided two options.

"The county engineer's (office) could be the applicant with a letter of support from the township trustees or the other option is where the trustees (can) be the applicant," he said.

He said if Madison Township were to be the applicant, the county would still be in charge of the bid process and the construction agenda.

"If the township is the applicant, getting the funding will have more of a chance to be approved," Robertson said. "The downside is, the application deadline is quickly approaching. You need to have a resolution to be an applicant by the end of August."

"We would like to apply for OPWC (funding) by Sept. 12," he said.

He assured township officials that the township would not incur any costs for the project by being an applicant.

"(The project) would be 100-percent funded and there would be no additional match and no additional money from the township would be required," Robertson said.

He said county officials anticipate the Chatterton Road project would go out to bid in the spring of 2013, with construction starting that fall.

The dividing line between Madison and Truro townships is in the middle of Chatterton Road, Robertson said.

"It runs through the center line," he said. "To the north is Truro and the south is Madison Township."

If the funding is approved, he said the project would bring much-needed improvements to an area that is consistently heavily congested.

"Chatterton is very busy; this will help out," he said. "Right now, that stretch of Chatterton Road in between those two side streets is a two-lane section. This project will add a third lane between Fontaine Road and Reynard Road.

"We're going to add a turn lane so people can (make) a left turn on Reynard or a left turn on Fontaine," he added. "That will get them out of the main lane of traffic on Chatterton. It helps with the flow of traffic and makes things safer for people who turn left."

A public hearing to discuss the project will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Community Fellowship Church, 2866 Noe-Bixby Road.