Santa Claus must have put Grove City, Jackson Township and the Franklin County Engineer's Office on his nice list.
Just before Christmas, the entities learned their application for funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission to support an improvement project for Borror Road had been approved.
The commission's Public Works Integrating Committee awarded $3.5 million in grant and loan money toward the $6.2 million project.
The city, township and county will share the remaining cost.
"It was a wonderful Christmas gift," said Dave Burris, a township trustee.
The OPWC announced Jan. 3 that 14 District 3/Franklin County projects had been awarded a total of $28 million through the State Capital and Local Transportation improvements programs.
The programs provide financial assistance to communities for improvements of their basic infrastructure systems.
"Getting these funds will allow us to proceed with a project that will address some troublesome issues on Borror," Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage said.
"The primary issue is safety, both for motorists and for youngsters and others who are making their way to the (Scioto Grove) metro park," he said.
The project will enhance a nearly two-mile section of Borror from Quail Creek Boulevard to state Route 104.
The improvements will include widening the road to 32 feet and adding a turn lane "similar to what we added on White Road," Burris said.
"That was another example of a joint project involving the township and city," he said.
A multiuse pedestrian and bicycle path will be installed to provide access to Scioto Grove Metro Park.
The city is proposing a single-lane roundabout at the intersection with Buckeye Parkway.
"That's one thing we'll still have to talk about, because the township would prefer putting in a four-way stop and crosswalk," Burris said.
Other improvements will include street lighting, a water-main extension and updates to the stormwater system.
"This project will improve the aesthetics of Borror Road," Stage said.
"We'll be putting up some floor-board fencing that will make the road more attractive," he said.
While the project will improve Borror, it will not change the roadway's rural character, Burris said.
"We didn't want to lose that," he said.
The city will take over jurisdiction from the township of the section of Borror within the project area, Stage said, overseeing maintenance and snow removal.
Work is expected to begin in spring 2019, Burris said.
The joint application effort involving the township, city and county likely was a major reason why the request was approved, Stage said.
"It always improves your chances when multiple jurisdictions are involved in a project," he said.
"Having all three of us providing money for the project was probably what helped tip the decision in our favor," Burris said.