Upper Arlington officials are looking at an estimated $2 million upgrade of Henderson Road in 2019 geared at reducing stormwater flooding and better accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians.

The modifications are planned on a segment of Henderson Road from Riverside Drive to Sawmill Road.

A primary objective of the work is to add an underground storm-sewer system to reduce flooding and erosion of adjacent properties during heavy rains.

Also included is a proposal by the city's Engineering Division to add a shared-use path on the north side of Henderson that would connect to an existing sidewalk on Sawmill Road, and to a shared-use path on Henderson Road to the east planned by the city of Columbus.

"The biggest upgrade is continuing the recent push for multimodal transportation by adding bike and pedestrian accommodations that will connect to Sawmill Road and a future Columbus shared-use path on Henderson to the east," said Jackie Thiel, Upper Arlington's city engineer.

"The city of Columbus has identified Henderson Road in their Bicentennial Bikeway Plan as a shared-use path corridor that will connect to Olentangy River Road and eventually to the Olentangy Trail through a Bethel (Road) connection."

Upper Arlington City Council unanimously approved a $120,000 contract with Burgess & Niple to design the upgrades.

From there, the city intends to fund the $2 million project through an Ohio Public Works Commission grant it will seek, as well as tax-increment financing funds it receives from a previous residential development adjacent to Henderson Road known as The Horizons.

"We applied for the funding under different scenarios to provide the city the best possible chance to receive funding," Thiel said. "If successful, the city can receive up to $1 million in a grant/loan funding combination."

According to the Engineering Division, the storm sewer infrastructure in that portion of Henderson Road was installed "pre-1918" and its last "major rehabilitation" was in 1980.

The last time that stretch of the road was resurfaced was 2004, Thiel said.

Should the project move forward as proposed, the work would replace aging, cracked pavement that has deteriorating shoulders and potholes, Thiel said.

She said the work would improve roadway safety and stormwater drainage and would encourage biking, walking and jogging on the north side of Henderson.

The city expects to host a public meeting early in 2018 to discuss the proposed shared-use path, Thiel said.

"The project will be bid out in early 2019 with anticipated construction starting and ending in 2019," she said.

An Oct. 2 staff report from the Engineering Division to City Council said the city sought design services for the Henderson Road work in 2009, and Burgess & Niple completed 60 percent of the design plans at that time.

However, the project didn't move forward because of a lack of construction funding, the report stated.

Due to Burgess & Niple's past work on the project, the firm was able to "reutilize existing data, saving the city $140,000 in additional design costs," the report stated.

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