City officials introduced plans to overhaul a section of Worthington Road at an open house meeting Monday night.

City officials introduced plans to overhaul a section of Worthington Road at an open house meeting Monday night.

The construction will be a joint venture between Westerville and the city of Columbus, at a total cost of $2.5-million, according to project manager Jeff Kessler.

The road is slated to be improved between Lazelle Road and County Line Road West. Kessler said work will include widening the Worthington Road to three lanes, adding a new storm drainage system, including curb and gutter work; the addition of a traffic signal and additional turn lanes at Lazelle Road; improved street lighting and the addition of a bikeway along the east side of Worthington Road.

Kessler said the city's department of planning and development hopes to get the project started soon.

"We're hoping work can begin next spring. There's still some design work to do," he said.

City engineer Susan Banbury said the project will include the addition of a right-turn lane in the 9200 block of Worthington Road for northbound traffic going to eastbound County Line Road West.

"Getting that signal at Worthington and Lazelle will be the key to the project," Banbury said. "We'll also be changing the alignment of the road so the hills aren't so bad."

A timeline for the project calls for designs to be completed this year, with land acquisition and utility relocation to begin in the spring, and construction to continue throughout much of 2009. Banbury said the construction will be a six- to eight-month project.

Kessler said that during that time, a temporary connecting road will be available between Worthington Road and Lazelle Road allowing access to the Polaris Parkway area.

Banbury said Westerville is currently applying for state funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission. Designs for the project are about 75 to 80 percent complete, she said.

Kessler said the improvements are intended to calm traffic on a dangerous stretch of Worthington Road.

"People really go flying through there, so hopefully, this will make it a little safer," he said.

Plans for the improvements can be viewed at Westerville's Planning and Development Department, 64 E. Walnut St.