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Traffic will be maintained during resurfacing work

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Contractors for the city of Upper Arlington began an expected two-week project Monday, July 8, to resurface Lane Avenue from Northwest Boulevard to North Star Road.

It's the final step in restoring Lane Avenue, roughly a year after the city commissioned a $2.03-million project to install a new water line in the area.

Depending on weather conditions, city officials expect the resurfacing to be completed before the end of the month. Strawser Paving Co. is doing the work at a cost of approximately $238,000.

Emma Speight, Upper Arlington's community affairs director, said the first part of the project will be to remove and replace damaged curbs and gutters along both sides of the street.

"The work zone -- which only requires the curb lane in the immediate area of construction -- will roll along Lane Avenue as work progresses," she said. "Traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times."

Actual repaving is expected to begin July 15.

"It will take approximately two days to 'mill' the road surface -- grind off the top layer of roadway -- with the repaving following immediately thereafter," Speight said. "One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times, with lanes shifted as work progresses to accommodate traffic.

"There may be some temporary left-turn restrictions and some businesses, particularly those on the north side of the street, will experience short periods of time when ingress-egress to their parking lots is restricted as work passes in front."

Although speed limits will not be adjusted during the work, Speight said north-south traffic on Northwest Boulevard and North Star Road can expect temporary restrictions and detours when milling and repaving is being done at these intersections. She said Upper Arlington police officers will assist with traffic control during the project.

"To accommodate rush-hour needs, hours of work will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during weekdays only," she said.

Resurfacing also is planned on Wellesley Drive from Lane Avenue to Northam Road July 18 and 19.

The Wellesley Drive resurfacing is needed after water lines were replaced last year on Mt. Holyoke and Wellesley as part of the Lane Avenue water line project.

The city's cost to resurface Wellesley Drive is approximately $57,000, according to the Upper Arlington City Engineer's Office.

A portion of that project also is being funded by Lane Avenue Redevelopment LLC, which is redeveloping the former site of the Lane Avenue Baptist Church to build a 109-unit Homewood Suites Hotel and a combination of restaurant and retail space, as well as offices and apartments.

City officials last year said the water line projects were needed to replace infrastructure that was more than 60 years old.

It also was done, they said, to provide adequate services to the Lane Avenue Redevelopment mixed-use project, which is expected to generate more than $711,000 annually in new property tax revenue for Upper Arlington.

Additional information about the resurfacing projects and other 2013 construction work is available at uaoh.net.

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