Franklin County Engineer Dean C. Ringle, in association with Metro Parks, has announced that the widening of the Alkire Road Bridge, spanning the Big and Little Darby Creeks just west of Gardner Road, will soon be under way and will wind up in early December.

Alkire Bridge work to start this week

Franklin County Engineer Dean C. Ringle, in association with Metro Parks, has announced that the widening of the Alkire Road Bridge, spanning the Big and Little Darby Creeks just west of Gardner Road, will soon be under way and will wind up in early December.

"The south side of the structure will be widened to accommodate a Metro Parks bike/pedestrian trail," Ringle said. "Since there are no sidewalks or bike lanes currently on the bridge, we will extend the deck and superstructure and build new safety railing."

Travel across the bridge will be maintained during most of the project, but there will be times when some phases of the construction will require closures.

The detour route for eastbound motorists on Alkire Road will follow Georgesville-Wrightsville Road south to London-Groveport Road, east to Norton Road, north to Lukens Road, north to Kopp Road, and north to Alkire Road. Westbound motorists will follow the detour route in the opposite direction.

The county engineer's office will supervise the building of the $1.3-million bridge improvement project by the Complete General Construction Company on behalf of Metro Parks, which is funding the project.

Church to offer Medicare seminar

Alton Road Church, 1199 Alton Road in Galloway, will offer a "Welcome to Medicare 2011" seminar at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. The Ohio Department of Insurance will present information on deadlines, supplemental policies, prescription drug coverage, and will counsel Medicare enrollees

For information, call Joe Garka at (614) 853-1242 or visit www.DayspringColumbus.org. College notes

Emalee Dickson and Erica Wood, both of Galloway, were named to the spring 2011 dean's list at the University of Akron.

To be eligible for the list, students must earn at least a 3.25 grade-point average.

Brinda Dave of Galloway was named to the spring 2011 dean's list at the University of Findlay.

Dave is studying pharmacy at UF.

To be eligible for the list, students must earn at least a 4.0 GPA.

Fatima Ali and Stacy Moore, both of Galloway, were among the spring 2011 graduates at the University of Cincinnati.

Claire Bohne and Bridget Brown, both of Galloway, were named to the spring 2011 dean's list at the University of Cincinnati.

NDCC announces August classes

New Directions Career Center, a nonprofit agency at 199 E. Rich St., is accepting registrations for its August classes.

New Directions is a four-week program exclusively for women. It will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 22 through Sept. 16. Sessions include classroom time with respected educators, employers, employment experts, community leaders and more.

Creating Career Options is a 15-hour class open to men and women. It is designed to assist career changers with identifying their values and career interests through discussion and formal personality testing. The class meets from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 and 17th, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30.

Advanced Career Techniques meets from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22-24. Participants learn job search strategies and hone skills for interviews and salary negotiation.

Fee waivers are available. For more information, call (614) 849-0028, ext. 0.