Prairie Township is scheduled to proceed as planned with its South Grener Avenue project, including the demolition of the Hometown Inn along West Broad Street.

Prairie Township is scheduled to proceed as planned with its South Grener Avenue project, including the demolition of the Hometown Inn along West Broad Street.

Earlier this month, township trustees awarded a contract to Decker Construction in the amount of $843,902.

"The board and township have been working hard to get to this point," township administrator Tracy Hatmaker said. "We were very pleased with that bid."

Trustee Steve Kennedy said the bid came in about 14 percent less than trustees anticipated. Other companies bidding on the project included Columbus Asphalt Paving, Park Enterprise Construction, Darby Creek Excavation and McDaniel's Construction Corp.

Kennedy said work on the project, beginning with the demolition of the Hometown Inn, is scheduled to take place June 1 and proceed through Oct. 31 of this year.

"First and foremost, the worst eyesore in the township will be removed," Kennedy said. "The township will also see one of its busiest intersections improved."

The project includes not only the demolition of the Hometown Inn but aligning South Grener Avenue with Old Village Road, curb and gutter replacement, drainage improvements and sidewalks, Kennedy said.

"Access from what will be old South Grener to West Broad Street - an area that has been the cause of many traffic accidents - will be removed," Kennedy said.

He said the project also includes signal adjustments on West Broad Street to allow for a left turn arrow for westbound traffic wanting to go south on Grener and installing a roundabout to allow traffic to flow smoothly on Grener to and from West Broad.

"The project will improve access to township businesses such as Home Depot, Waffle House, and other businesses on Grener," Kennedy said. "Everyone who shops at Home Depot and used the privately owned access through the Hometown Inn property knows it wasn't maintained to township standards. Now it will be."

The project will finish with the addition of streetlights, the planting of trees along the new road and installing landscaping in the center of the newly constructed roundabout.