Delaware County and Powell plan to join forces to upgrade a busy intersection near the city's limits.
Powell's Development Committee met Oct. 17 to discuss the future of the intersection of Liberty and Seldom Seen roads. City and county officials have decided to seek grant funding to install a traffic signal at the crossroads, which sits partially within city limits and partially in Liberty Township.
A stop sign at Seldom Seen Road's eastern terminus currently controls traffic at the intersection.
City officials cited multiple reasons for the decision to install a traffic signal at the intersection instead of building a roundabout. City Engineer Chris Huber said a roundabout would have been "a little bit more expensive," while City Manager Steve Lutz said it could have led to traffic backups at the city's Ashmoore subdivision just south of the intersection.
Rob Riley, chief deputy engineer for the county, previously said the intersection's location makes it suited for a collaborative project.
"We have a few of these (intersections) around, but this is a little bit of a unique situation that it just happens to be (split) right down the middle," he said.
The Delaware County Engineer's Office last spring estimated the cost of the planned improvements at about $1.3 million.
According to city records, Powell employees intend to apply for grant funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission next fall for half of the project's construction costs. Huber said the city and county must finalize an agreement regarding the division of the remainder of construction costs.
If the city and county receive grant funding for the project, construction could begin in fall 2019 or spring 2020.
Lutz said the project's future is not guaranteed if outside funding is not available.
"If we don't get the grant, we'll have to sit down and look hard at the project," he said.
Councilman Tom Counts said the project's uncertain status points to the need for a new revenue stream to pay for infrastructure improvements in the city.
"This is another example of a needed project we have no funds to pay for," he said.