A project nearly three years in the making will commence next month when construction crews begin work on the roundabout at U.S. Route 62 and Greensward and Lambton Park roads.

This $1.5-million project is designed to improve traffic flow, eliminate head-on and high-speed, right-angle collisions, reduce speeds and carbon emissions, prevent the need to widen Route 62 in the future, and maintain the rural character of the area. When complete, the roundabout also will function efficiently with the traffic signal at Route 62 and Thompson Road.

A traffic study confirmed that conditions at this intersection met state requirements for a roundabout.

The project will be paid for in part by a grant and no-interest loan from the state, city capital fund revenue and a land donation by the New Albany Co. The city first applied for the state grant and no-interest loan in 2014 and received state approval for the funding in 2016.

The project will have the following effects on traffic:

* Both directions of Route 62 will remain open but there might be slight delays and flaggers, depending upon the phase of construction.

* Greensward Road at Route 62 is expected to close in July for four to six weeks. Detours will be posted. New Albany Country Club members can access the club a number of ways during this closure, including Yantis Drive, Ogden Woods Boulevard or Greensward from East Dublin-Granville Road.

* Lambton Park Road at Route 62 is expected to close in mid-August for approximately four weeks. Detours will be posted.

* Construction affecting traffic should be complete at year's end. Landscaping and trees, which are not expected to affect traffic, should be installed in spring 2018.

For updates about the different phases of this project, register for the LIST city e-newsletter at newalbanyohio.org/subscribe, visit the city website at newalbanyohio.org or like/follow the city on Facebook and Twitter.

Scott McAfee is chief communications and marketing officer for New Albany.