Work should begin by May 1 to realign Liberty Road north and south of Home Road.

Work should begin by May 1 to realign Liberty Road north and south of Home Road.

The Delaware County commissioners awarded the $3.14-million contract for the work to Double Z Construction of Columbus at their March 22 meeting. Estimates for the project came in about $1-million less than expected. The project is being funded with county road money.

The work will be done in two phases, county engineer Chris Bauserman said.

The first phase will move the section of Liberty Road north of Home Road about a quarter-mile east of the current intersection so it aligns with Liberty Road south of Home Road, Bauserman said.

Phase two will include intersection work and some improvements on Liberty Road south of Home Road. All work on the project is scheduled to be complete by August 2011.

The work will be done at the same time as construction of a railroad overpass on Home Road, west of Liberty Road, Bauserman told the commissioners. The Ohio Department of Transportation is in charge of that project; bids were due to the state this week.

In other business last week, the commissioners:

Approved spending nearly $8,000 to bulletproof the judicial benches as part of the renovations for juvenile and probate courts in the Rutherford B. Hayes Building.

Approved an $82,332 contract with Woolpert Inc. for a 2010 orthophotography project for the county auditor's office. The company will take aerial photos of all county properties that will be used in the next re-evaluation, according to county auditor George Kaitsa.

Approved an agreement among the county, the sheriff's office and Project Lifesaver that will allow the sheriff to begin distributing electronic bracelets to caregivers of residents with Alzheimer's, autism and Down syndrome so those afflicted by the conditions can be easily located if they wander off.