Grove City and Jackson Township have applied for about $3.7 million in Ohio Public Works Commission funds to help pay for a proposed improvement project on Borror Road.
The estimated $6.2-million project would improve and reconstruct roughly a 1.8-mile section of Borror Road from Quail Creek Boulevard to state Route 104 (Jackson Pike).
"We've actually identified several different projects along this corridor, with two that were being planned separately by developers and a bridge project planned separately by the county," city engineer Mike Keller said.
"With this application, we're looking to combine all of the projects, including those planned by the city, under one umbrella," he said.
Rockford Homes is planning to add a new entrance off Borror Road to its Meadow Grove Estates development.
Harmony Development Group also is planning an entrance to its proposed Trail View Run development on the south side of Borror. That project is still pending city approval.
Those two projects together are expected to have 256 single-family units and 95 condominium units, adding to a growing load of traffic on Borror Road, Keller said.
The new Scioto Grove Metro Park located on Jackson Pike also is bringing more traffic to the corridor, he said.
The average daily traffic count measured in 2016 on Borror, east of Buckeye Parkway, was 1,266 vehicles. That number is expected to grow to 3,000 by 2027, according to city officials.
"The roadway needs to be improved to handle the additional traffic we're seeing and expect to see in the coming years," Keller said.
The project would include replacing the pavement along the 1.8-mile section and widening the road, he said.
The pavement width on Borror Road is currently about 17 to 19 feet, Keller said. The project would maintain two lanes, but widen each to 12 feet and add a four-foot berm on either side of the roadway, increasing the total road width to about 32 feet, Keller said.
A single-lane roundabout would be constructed at the intersection of Buckeye Parkway and Borror Road, he said.
A four-way stop currently exists at Buckeye Parkway, and the majority of accidents along the corridor are caused when motorists fail to yield at the stop sign, Keller said.
Other elements planned for the project include a multiuse path, which would provide pedestrian and bicycle access to the metro park; street lighting; an extension of the water main; and updates to the storm water system.
The application seeks $940,000 in grant money and a $2.82 million loan.
The city would provide about 54 percent of the total $6.2 million cost through its own contribution and share of the loan repayment. The developer contribution would be about 15.1 percent, the township would contribute 8.1 percent by helping to repay the loan and the county would contribute 7.6 percent.
The remaining 15.3 percent of the project's cost would be covered by the OPWC grant.
The OPWC application process "is competitive," Keller said. "The chances of its success depend greatly on the number and size of the applications they receive."
The collaboration on the OPWC application will help enhance its chances for approval, Jackson Township trustee Dave Burris said.
"Having money from the city, money from the township and money from the developers and county included will help bump us up a few notches," he said.
"This is a rural road with open ditches, and a township road like this just isn't built to handle this amount of traffic without making some improvements," Burris said.
"If this application wasn't successful, we'd have to do these improvements piecemeal, we don't want to do that," he said.
The OPWC is expected to announce its funding decisions in December.
If the Borror Road application is successful, the tentative timeline calls for the design process to begin in January. The OPWC funds would become available in July.
Construction bids would be sought in February 2019, with work taking place between March and December 2019.