Commuters near Worthington are expected to have yet another paving project to deal with in 2018.

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to spend about $5.3 million on a paving project for state Route 315 in the first half of next year.

The bulk of the project will be a 1.5-inch-thick surface on the roadway between state Route 161 and Interstate 270, according to ODOT spokeswoman Nancy Burton.

Burton said paving mostly would take place at night. She said some night-time lane or ramp closures might be necessary, with detours provided.

To complete the project, ODOT needed to receive approval from Worthington.

Service director Dan Whited said he had no problem with the project and it would be a helpful piece of work for area commuters.

"It will be a short-term interruption, but it should be over in a few months," he said. "I don't see it as being a huge disruption; I see it as a benefit."

Whited said the city plans to piggyback on the project to improve, replace or repair light poles, catch basins and drainage along the freeway, and it likely would reimburse ODOT for that portion of the project.

But those specifics will need to be determined when ODOT officially plans and funds the work, which will not occur until later this year, Burton said.

"Our construction season is traditionally April to November," she said. "Until the project sells and we meet with the contractor, I will not have a schedule."

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