Motorists who travel Brice Road in Reynoldsburg will deal with significant traffic pattern changes, detours and a reduced speed limit for the next two weeks as crews continue working on a $4.8-million resurfacing and construction project.
The changes were scheduled to go into effect Aug. 21.
Reynoldsburg police officers also will be watching closely for careless drivers as resurfacing and construction efforts continue along Brice Road, Sgt. Mark Moser said.
According to information from the city, northbound traffic on Brice Road will be detoured at Livingston Avenue and no northbound traffic will be permitted from Livingston Avenue to East Main Street.
Two southbound lanes will remain open on Brice Road, but there will be no center turn lane. There will be no access to Brice Road from Rygate Drive, Rider Road, Retton Road and Roselawn Avenue.
Businesses on that section of Brice Road will be accessible only from the southbound lane, city officials said in a press release.
Because of safety concerns, speed limits will be reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph on Brice Road for the remainder of the construction period. As a construction zone, fines for speeding vehicles will be doubled.
Moser said the police department's Motor Unit will be monitoring traffic speeds in the area.
Using software called ATACRAIDS, officers determined that "a disproportionate number of traffic crashes" occurred in the Brice Road area between Eastgreen Boulevard and Rygate Drive.
Motor Unit officers concentrated on that area last week, writing 26 speed citations and giving 22 warnings Aug. 6. On Aug. 12, they wrote a total of 28 citations, 19 of which were for speeding, Moser said.
"We clocked one driver at 67 miles per hour," he said. "We plan to go back out next week for another four hours."
The city is resurfacing Brice Road and making crosswalk improvements from East Main Street past Livingston Avenue to the Interstate 70 interchange.
The project, partially funded by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of $3.6 million, includes constructing sidewalks, installing a traffic signal at Livingston Avenue and Brice Road, installing 60 new street lights, putting in new pedestrian crosswalks and doing storm sewer work.
Service Director Nathan Burd said a right-turn lane also will be built on westbound East Livingston.
Two enhanced pedestrian traffic islands are expected to improve pedestrian safety, he said. One will be installed near the Reynoldsburg branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
It will have mast arms that reach out over Brice Road and lights that will flash when pedestrians are in the walkway, Burd said.
He said about 6,900 feet of Brice Road will be resurfaced in the project.