Westerville City Council voted 7-0 last week to award a $466,000 contract to Shelly and Sands Inc. for improvements to the intersection of Polaris Parkway and Worthington Road.

Westerville City Council voted 7-0 last week to award a $466,000 contract to Shelly and Sands Inc. for improvements to the intersection of Polaris Parkway and Worthington Road.

The contractor will install a second eastbound left-turn lane to handle increased traffic at the intersection.

Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi said at the Nov. 17 meeting that the thousands of commuters who travel the intersection every day will be happy once the work is finished.

“I can’t wait to see that bottleneck get eased up,” Cocuzzi said.

Construction at the intersection is expected to be complete in early spring 2012.

Council also unanimously approved a $60,000 contract with Data Recovery Services LLC to operate and manage the city’s data center and fiber optic network project.

The center, expected to open in 2012, is currently under construction at 35 Collegeview Road.

The $3.75-million data center will house servers, digital storage equipment and broadband Internet, as well as voice services provided by retail carriers.

The fiber-optics network, once completed, will connect city offices and will run through the city’s major business districts, including Uptown, the South State Street corridor, Brooksedge, Eastwind, northern Westerville and Westar.

Companies that provide IT services, such as help desks, will be able to rent space in the building and serve Westerville-area businesses.

The fees generated by the data center and fiber-optics network, are expected to cover the cost of operations of the services.

The data center will effectively become the city’s fourth utility and is a first-of-its-kind initiative for Westerville.

“There is no precedent for this in the city of Westerville,” council chair Mike Heyeck said.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at City Hall, 21 S. State St.