Olentangy Local School District officials last week agreed to terms with Delaware County on two projects that could help students and parents get to and from a pair of district buildings in years to come.

Olentangy Local School District officials last week agreed to terms with Delaware County on two projects that could help students and parents get to and from a pair of district buildings in years to come.

School board members Oct. 27 voted unanimously to approve an agreement regarding the extension of Piatt Road in Berlin Township.

Piatt Road, a north-south stretch between Shanahan and Cheshire roads, eventually will be extended north to Berlin Station Road near the site of Olentangy Berlin High School.

Jeff Gordon, Olentangy's director of business management and facilities, said the district last week agreed to build the new portion of Piatt Road between Berlin Station Road and the new high school's southernmost drive.

"(Delaware County) will take over the maintenance of the road after it's done," he said.

According to county records, the district will be responsible for building a 1,050-foot section of the roadway.

The county will be responsible for constructing the portion of the extension between the southernmost drive of the school and Cheshire Road. Delaware County in August sought bids for engineering work for its portion of the project, which is scheduled for construction in 2018-19.

Gordon said the district's portion of the project will be completed before the new building opens for the 2018-19 school year. The cost of Olentangy's section of Piatt Road is included in the district's $69 million budget for the high school.

The school board last week also agreed to sell the county about one-tenth of an acre of land adjacent to Tyler Run Elementary School in Powell for $7,326. The district also granted the county a temporary construction easement on Olentangy property for $822.

The county acquired the right of way ahead of its project to improve the intersection of Liberty and Jewett roads just outside city limits in Liberty Township.

According to Delaware County's 2016-17 Road Construction Guide, the county plans to close the intersection for two months in 2017 or 2018 to construct a one-lane roundabout to relieve traffic congestion. The busy crossroads sits southeast of Tyler Run Elementary School and directly south of the intersection created by the city of Powell's recently completed project to extend Murphy Parkway to Liberty Street.

School board member Mindy Patrick, a Powell resident, said the project to improve the intersection of Liberty and Jewett roads will be beneficial to the area.

"It's so needed," she said.

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