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Brice Road to get more street lights, signals, crosswalks

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Work to repave Brice Road in Reynoldsburg from East Main Street past Livingston Avenue to the Interstate 70 interchange is expected to begin this month.

The project will include replacing traffic signals, tripling existing street lighting and creating new crosswalks.

The city will hold a public meeting to inform residents about the project at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.

Service Director Nathan Burd said the engineering firm working on the project, EMH&T (Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton & Tilton) and the contractor, Shelly & Sands Inc., will both have representatives at the meeting.

"We're hoping to make Brice Road a real focal point in the city," Burd said.

"We wanted to allow our engineers to give the public a general view of the project and an understanding of the construction schedule," he said. "We had a public meeting last October about the project, but wanted to get more specific during this meeting.

"We also will have some time allotted for questions from the community," he said.

He said construction is expected to begin soon, but he does not have an exact date.

Traffic will be maintained on the street in both directions during the construction, he said.

The cost of the project is about $4.8 million, but the city received an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant last year of $3.6 million.

"The additional $1.2 million will be provided by OPWC in a loan that we will pay off over the next 20 years," Burd said.

He said the project includes a new traffic signal at Livingston Avenue and Brice Road, 60 new street lights, storm sewer work, plus new pedestrian crosswalks. A right-turn lane also will be built on westbound East Livingston.

He said two enhanced pedestrian traffic islands will improve pedestrian safety.

"Right now, there are long stretches where people cannot walk across the road safely," he said. "The new crosswalks will allow people to cross the street safely and because we are more than tripling the number of streetlights, we have gotten a lot of positive feedback about the project from local businesses."

A pedestrian crosswalk will be installed near the Reynoldsburg branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

"There will be mast arms that will actually reach out over Brice Road, so when pedestrians are in the walkway, those will flash," Burd said.

He said the additional street lighting will help with safety and general appearance of the area.

"In existing studies, street lighting is known to decrease crime, so we're hopeful for that," he said.

About 6,900 feet of Brice Road will be resurfaced and sidewalks also will be reconstructed.

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