Reynoldsburg News

Brice Road project gets $3.6 million OPWC grant


Reynoldsburg's Brice Road corridor is scheduled for a major facelift, thanks to a $3.6 million grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, but work won't begin on the project until next year.

The Ohio Public Works Commission recently awarded more than $31 million in loans and grants for transportation and capital improvement projects in several local communities.

The Reynoldsburg Brice Road improvements are estimated to cost $4,879,570, said Matt Lambert, city engineer.

He said the grant amount from the OPWC is $3,605,363.

"The difference of $1,208,207 will be loaned to the city by OPWC over a 20-year term at zero-percent interest," he said.

Lambert said the project will begin at the intersection of Brice Road and East Main Street and continue south approximately for 1.3 miles to a point in the city of Columbus, approximately 2,200 feet south of the intersection of Brice Road and East Livingston Avenue.

He said approximately 6,900 feet of roadway surface will be restructured and resurfaced, with 47,100 square feet of pedestrian facilities reconstructed.

"There will be a new traffic signal at Livingston and Brice, new street lighting and storm sewer work, plus new pedestrian crossings," he said.

Lambert said a right-turn lane will also be built on westbound East Livingston, to better accommodate current and anticipated traffic volume.

Sixty new street lights will be installed, as will two enhanced pedestrian traffic islands between East Main Street and East Livingston Avenue, he said.

Lambert said he hopes to have the funding and contractor in place so the work could begin in the spring of 2014.

"We are pleased that the work on Brice Road is finally scheduled," he said. "The road has been in critical condition for awhile and needs to be improved."

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission provides administrative support for OPWC District 3, including processing and reviewing project grant and loan requests, with final project approval by the OPWC.

According to Dean Ringle, chairman of the OPWC committee, projects in seven different townships, six cities and one village were approved to receive money in the latest round of funding.

The grant and loan money went to projects in Bexley, Canal Winchester, Columbus, Grandview Heights, Groveport, Jefferson Township, Riverlea and Jackson Township.