City officials are planning the first reconstruction of Fishinger Road since 1970 and hope to obtain outside financial support to fund both phases of the project.

It's still roughly four years away, but Upper Arlington officials are planning to rebuild what is the city's most heavily traveled roadway.

City Engineer Jackie Thiel said the work is important not only because Fishinger hasn't been rebuilt in more than 40 years but also because it's used by about 20,000 vehicles each day.

The project, as currently planned, would take place in two phases.

The first phase would run from Tremont Road to Mountview Road with construction occurring sometime in 2020. The total cost of that project is estimated at $6.45 million, but that figure includes design engineering, inspection and contingency costs.

The actual construction of phase 1 is estimated at about $4.8 million, and 80 percent of that -- approximately $3.8 million -- will be funded by a Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission grant.

The balance of the phase 1 project would come from the city's capital-improvement budget.

"The existing curb and gutter and driveway aprons are in poor condition, showing major deterioration," Thiel said. "The existing water line also needs to be replaced due to age."

Thiel said the city would solicit public input this fall to determine if any major changes to the phase 1 portion of Fishinger, such as roadway configuration or speed limit alterations, should take place.

"We do not anticipate any major changes to the existing configuration of the roadway," she said. "We are currently studying the feasibility to install a five-foot sidewalk on the south side and an eight-foot shared-use path on the north side. This will be one of the items we gather public input on this fall."

As that work is being planned, the city also is eyeing the reconstruction of Fishinger from Mountview Road to Riverside Drive.

Thiel only provided construction cost estimates for the phase 2 work, but said it's currently expected to cost "about $4 million."

Currently, phase 2 is expected to mirror that of phase 1, with improvements planned to pavement, curbs and gutters, as well as the addition of sidewalks and a possible shared-use path.

The city plans to seek another MORPC grant to fund much of the phase 2 work.

"The city of Upper Arlington has applied for MORPC Attributable Funds in this 2018 cycle -- an 80-20 funding split again," Thiel said.

Construction on phase 2 is expected to take place in 2023.

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