Grove City Council and Jackson Township trustees are moving toward putting their stamp of approval on a final cooperative agreement for the Borror Road improvement project.

The township trustees were scheduled to vote on approving the agreement at their Aug. 21 meeting while Grove City's council is expected to hold a second reading and vote on legislation to give its assent at its Sept. 4 meeting.

The agreement between the city, township and Franklin County Engineer's Office is necessary to finalize use of the $3.5 million in grant and loan money the Ohio Public Works Commission awarded last December to the project, Jackson Township Trustee Dave Burris said.

"It's a good cooperative agreement between the three entities, and that's not something you see every day," he said.

The joint effort between the city, township and county was an important factor in getting the funding approved for the project, Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage said.

"Anytime the three of us work together on a project, that leads to a successful project," he said.

The township is serving as lead applicant for the OPWC process.

The project will improve a nearly two-mile section of Borror from Quail Creek Boulevard to state Route 104.

The improvements will include widening the road and adding a turn lane.

"It's a rural road, but it's getting a lot more traffic, and the widening is going to help make it a lot safer for people," Burris said.

"Our primary concern in planning this project was safety and making sure people have a safer way to travel," Stage said.

A multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path will be installed to provide access to Scioto Grove Metro Park.

A single-lane roundabout will be installed at the intersection with Buckeye Parkway.

"The township's not totally in favor of that, but the city believes it's the best option and we'll go along with it," Burris said.

Other improvements will include street lighting, a water-main extension and updates to the storm-water system.

The $3.5 million in funding the OPWC's Public Works Integrating Committee awarded the project includes a loan totaling about $2.8 million.

The city will responsible for 82.45 percent of the loan and the township 17.55 percent, or about $495,000.

Grove City will contribute a direct payment of $995,000 toward the cost of the project and an additional $927,500 in city payments will be covered with funding from private development partners.

"There are a number of residential developments planned for the area that will benefit from the project," Burris said. "The widening of the road will help handle the additional traffic those developments will bring."

Rockford Homes already has sent the city $120,000, Stage said, and has pledged another $505,000.

Beazer Homes has provided $17,000, and Harmony Homes has pledged $285,000.

The remaining funds will be provided by the county.

Grove City will take over jurisdiction of the roadway within the project area from the township, including overseeing future maintenance and snow removal, Stage said.

The project is expected to begin by June 2019, Burris said.

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