The Interstate-270/U.S. Route 23 interchange improvements still will have distinctive Worthington aesthetics, but they will come at a higher-than-expected cost.

The Interstate-270/U.S. Route 23 interchange improvements still will have distinctive Worthington aesthetics, but they will come at a higher-than-expected cost.

Worthington City Council is expected to approve spending $224,470 on the aesthetics package June 3, when a representative of the Ohio Department of Transportation will be on hand to answer questions about the interchange project, which is set to begin construction in the summer.

The project includes a complete redesign of the congested, dangerous ramps connecting I-270 to North High Street in Worthington. High Street improvements will begin at the Wilson Bridge Road intersection and continue through Flint Road.

In 2011, council voted to include several additional aesthetic improvements, for which the city will pay and maintain. At that time, the estimated cost was $180,000.

The additional features will include decorative fencing with "Worthington" on the North High Street bridge over I-270. It will include decorative lighting.

Decorative streetlights and mast-arm signals will be constructed on North High Street.

Brick piers with the Worthington logo will be built at each end of the North High Street bridge.

Eliminated from the original plans is the Worthington logo on a retaining wall on the eastbound-to-southbound exit ramp. During design development, planners realized the bottom half wouldn't have been visible because of a barrier wall that was added.

ODOT plans to sell bonds for the North High Street portion of the project July 11. If council approves the expenditure June 3, money will be available June 26.