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Waltham Road

Reconstruction project will start July 29

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A $2.36-million project to rebuild a section of Waltham Road is scheduled to begin Monday, July 29.

The Upper Arlington Engineering Division announced July 19 that Waltham Road will be closed to through traffic between Northwest Boulevard and North Star Road.

The work that will start next week represents the second phase of an infrastructure upgrade and reconstruction project, which began three years ago.

"Waltham Road will be closed to through traffic, with Guilford Road identified as the recommended detour," said Emma Speight, Upper Arlington's community affairs director.

In 2010, the city installed a new water line on Waltham from Andover to North Star and that section of the road was also rebuilt.

That work -- which also included the installation of a six-foot wide sidewalk on the south side of Waltham, street lights and the construction of a new parking lane, also on the south side of the street -- cost $942,000.

The work scheduled to begin next week will include the complete reconstruction of Waltham, a slight widening of the road and installation of a parking bay and sidewalk on the south side of the street.

"A second component of this project includes the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Waltham Road, North Star Road and Kinnear Road," Speight said. "A start date has yet to be finalized, however, north-south traffic on North Star Road will be maintained for much of the work as the roundabout is being constructed just to the east of the existing roadway and intersection."

According to city officials, the road reconstruction is needed to address general deterioration. They also said the roundabout is the best option available to reduce vehicle stacking and to calm traffic, which is expected to increase as Ohio State University begins to develop land along Kinnear Road.

"OSU has a master plan for its western lands," Upper Arlington City Engineer Dave Parkinson said last month. "When that (area) grows, the traffic counts in that section of town will grow with it.

"The roundabout is the cheapest, most efficient and most effective option. It also provides the least amount of impact to residents on the west side of North Star."

Full project details can be found at uaoh.net under the Living in UA | Road Construction section.

Updates on the project can be obtained by signing up to receive Waltham Road email updates, Speight said.

"Additionally, you can follow the city on Facebook or Twitter (@CityofUA), and you can register to receive construction and other useful updates via voice message, text or email via our UA Alerts Notification System," she said.

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