It's getting a little easier to get around Hilliard.

It's getting a little easier to get around Hilliard.

After a summer of road construction, a number of major projects in the Hilliard area have either recently been completed or are near completion. The last of those projects, the paving of Main Street in Old Hilliard following the redesign of the streetscape in that area, is scheduled to be done later this week.

"Due to the cold temperatures and the wet conditions, the commencement of paving work on Main Street in Old Hilliard was delayed until Wednesday," said Letty Schamp, city traffic engineer. "Work will likely continue through Saturday, weather pending. Two-way, one-lane traffic will be maintained on Main Street through the use of police officers or flaggers. Motorists should expect delays on Main Street through Saturday."

Hilliard-Rome Road

The long-awaited Hilliard-Rome Road widening project was officially opened to traffic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 23.

Construction on the $13.3-million project began May 7, 2007. It involved widening Hilliard-Rome Road from two lanes to five lanes between Roberts Road and Cemetery Road. It also included new curbs, street lighting and sidewalks.

"The widening of Hilliard-Rome Road will increase the roadway's capacity, thereby accommodating current and future traffic volumes and maintain safe and efficient access to homes and businesses," Public Service Director Butch Seidle said.

Dublin Road

Franklin County Engineer Dean Ringle also announced that work on Dublin Road, south of Fishinger Road, was reopened to traffic on Oct. 22, approximately three weeks ahead of schedule.

Ringle said two bridges were replaced with precast concrete structures at a cost of $583,767.

"We greatly appreciate the Norwich Township Trustees' assistance in joining with us to offer the contractor an early completion incentive of $1,500 per day to open the roadway up 15 days early," Ringle said.

Tuttle Crossing Boulevard

Ringle said work on the reconstruction of Tuttle Crossing Boulevard was also completed on time.All lanes of Tuttle Crossing Boulevard from Wilcox Road to I-270 were reopened to traffic on Oct. 21.

"Our partnerships with the city of Columbus and the city of Dublin were crucial in the rebuilding of Tuttle Crossing Boulevard," Ringle said. "This was required by growing traffic and safety demands within this busy commercial and residential corridor. Since 2000, traffic volumes have more than doubled from 14,000 to 30,000 vehicles per day."

The $4.5-million project included the widening of Tuttle Crossing Boulevard from two lanes to five lanes, construction of storm sewers, gutters, sidewalks, a leisure path and the installation of a new water line, traffic signals, signage and street lighting.