Westerville drivers are dealing with another change in traffic near Polaris Parkway as the Ohio Department of Transportation continues work to prepare for the extension of Gemini Parkway.

Westerville drivers are dealing with another change in traffic near Polaris Parkway as the Ohio Department of Transportation continues work to prepare for the extension of Gemini Parkway.

Between July and August, ODOT had closed Worthington Road to straighten the roadway into where it will eventually meet with the Gemini extension, which will largely accommodate a planned Ikea store. Now, ODOT is closing East Powell Road between Bale Kenyon and Worthington roads while work continues to move the roads.

The extension will feature five lanes from Orion Place to Worthington Road, which will be extended to meet the new Gemini extension.

The project is budgeted at more than $10 million total.

After another month of work, the Worthington connection will close once more, making way for the eventual setup of the Gemini extension.

"Right now, Worthington Road will operate just as it was before," said Breanna Badanes, ODOT spokeswoman. "It won't be until after this next closure is complete when people will notice."

The new layout will put major intersections at Worthington Road and Gemini and East Powell Road and Gemini, with dead-end roads serving areas the roads once reached.

Once the Gemini extension is finished, Worthington Road will close between the extension and Polaris Parkway for 30 more days, but Badanes said the extension itself should alleviate traffic issues.

"That will have less of an impact because the new Gemini extension will be open," she said. "So it's another way people from (Interstate) 71 can take."

The work is expected to lessen traffic in the area as a whole.

Westerville City Engineer Susan Banbury said earlier this year that the project would "greatly help the traffic problems we have up there."

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