The city of Whitehall will learn by the end of the year whether it has received an Ohio Public Works Commission grant that would improve North Yearling Road.

"We are optimistic that we will receive a good score," Whitehall Development Director Zach Woodruff said.

If approved, the OPWC grant would cover 75 percent of the estimated $2.8 million cost to improve North Yearling Road north of East Broad Street.

The city would pay for the remainder of the project through a 20-year, no-interest loan, Woodruff said.

The project would entail milling and repaving North Yearling Road from East Broad Street north to the railroad tracks and city limits.

New sidewalks, curbs and gutters also will be constructed, Woodruff said.

The project also will include an entrance feature on the west side of North Yearling Road, greeting southbound motorists entering the city from East Fifth Avenue in Columbus.

"We have a long history of being successful with these sorts of grants," said Woodruff, adding that North Yearling Road was selected because it is likely to score well in the OPWC grant program.

Past projects that have received OPWC grants include North Hamilton Road between East Broad Street and the railroad tracks and the current project to improve Etna Road east of South Hamilton Road.

If approved, engineering would begin next summer, with construction in 2019.