Delaware County will spend less than officials initially expected on the installation of a new traffic signal just west of Olentangy Liberty High School.

County commissioners Feb. 15 approved a contract for up to $279,000 with Miller Cable Co. The Green Springs-based company has been tasked with installing a traffic signal at Home Road's intersection with Scioto Chase and Tree Lake boulevards in Concord Township near its border with Liberty Township.

Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman, who recommended approval of the contract, said Miller Cable Co.'s bid came in "below our estimate."

The engineer's office initially projected work at the intersection, which sits about a mile west of Liberty High School, would cost closer to $286,000.

While a contract has been approved, county officials do not expect construction to begin at the site for at least a few months.

Rob Riley, chief deputy engineer for the county, previously said the pace at which signal poles are manufactured likely would prevent workers from breaking ground on the project until summer. Workers are expected to complete their efforts before the end of the year.

"It takes about four months to get signal poles fabricated," Riley said. "There are very few fabricators in the United States."

Riley said the high volume of traffic on Home Road necessitated the installation of the new traffic signal. He said turning onto Home Road from Scioto Chase and Tree Lake boulevards becomes "very difficult" during rush hour because of the number of vehicles moving through the intersection.

The project is one of two efforts to improve traffic conditions the engineer's office is overseeing near a high school in the Olentangy Local School District.

The county is acquiring needed easements and rights of way ahead of a project to widen Lewis Center Road between the entrance to Olentangy High School and North Road. Workers also will construct a roundabout at the intersection of Lewis Center and North roads as part of the $3.8 million project.

Riley previously said county officials hope that project wraps up by fall 2019.

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