White and Orders roads
Public meeting on two road projects scheduled Sept. 12
Grove City and Jackson Township officials will meet next week to discuss seeking state money for a pair of road projects.
From 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, a public meeting will be held at the Jackson Township Administration Building, 3756 Hoover Road, to discuss the reconstruction projects on White and Orders roads.
The White Road project, which is now in its third phase, will see the road's reconstruction from McDowell Road to Hoover Road. It includes widening the road and adding a curb and gutter, a closed storm sewer system, street lighting and a sidewalk.
The cost of construction is estimated to be $2.2 million, Jackson Township Administrator Michael Lilly said.
"We would be requesting grant money from the state of Ohio," he said.
Lilly said the deadline to file for grant funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission is Sept. 17. If the grant is awarded, he said the required local match would be 35 percent; the rest would come from the state.
"We are using a partnership agreement, which includes Jackson Township, Grove City and Franklin County," he said. "We split (the 35 percent) three ways."
If the grant is awarded, Lilly said, the money would become available July 1, the beginning of the state's fiscal year.
"It's based on the state's schedule," he said. "We would construct this in the spring or summer of 2014."
That also is the target year for construction of the Orders Road project, Grove City Public Services Director Les Spring said. It is estimated to cost $4.6 million and will extend from Discovery Drive to Haughn Road.
The reconstruction of Orders Road involves similar improvements as the White Road project -- full-depth reconstruction and widening and the addition of a curb and gutter, closed storm sewer system and street lighting -- but also the addition of a multiuse path and a pair of traffic signals at Haughn Road and Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road.
The Grove City YMCA at Fryer Park is one of the busiest in the state, Spring said.
"It's such an important connector to the YMCA," he said. "We're hoping to get that connectivity."
Spring said leaders also will apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant for the project, with the awarded amount usually being an 80-20 split between the state and local match, respectively.
"This has to go through City Council as well," he said.