Orange barrels and cones could appeaer on Reynoldsburg city streets in May, if City Council members approve bids for a portion of the 2018 street program and for major improvements to the Baldwin Road area.

The projects are part of the city's plans for nearly $4 million worth of work, Mayor Brad McCloud said.

"It is by far the largest street undertaking in decades and probably ever," he said. "This is in great contrast to last year's street program, which was well under $1 million.

"This extensive program is consistent with what we told voters we would do if the levy passed."

Residents approved a hike in the city income tax last May, raising the tax rate from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent.

City leaders promised the additional $6.5 million per year generated by the increase would fund the construction of a community center and long-postponed improvements to city infrastructure.

Affected streets

Service Director Bill Sampson planned to present a contract to council April 23 -- after ThisWeek's press deadline -- from the lowest bidder, Columbus Asphalt, for improvements on several city streets.

"The goal is to begin work by late May or early June," Sampson said.

He said the bid is for about $2 million for both projects.

Baldwin Road improvements include reconstruction of the roadway pavement and curbs from the intersection of Baldwin and Woodsedge Drive to school property at Baldwin Road Junior High School.

"The roadway improvements will extend into Woodsedge Drive both on the east and west sides of Baldwin Road," Sampson said. "The scope of services also includes sewer improvement on Woodsedge Drive east of Baldwin and replacement of the existing aged and deteriorated water main within the limits of roadway work."

Other scheduled work in the contract includes a minor widening and overlay on Rodebaugh Road at the "S" curve and construction of a new crosswalk, median and curb ramps at the East Main Street and Lancaster Avenue intersection.

Additionally, reconstruction, resurfacing, depth repair and spot curb replacement is planned on Jackson Street, Foxchase Road, Furth Drive, Halverton Drive, Radekin Road (west of Brice Road), Astor Drive, French Drive, Epworth Avenue, Glenford Court, Lockmere Court, Crosswick Court and Dean Court.

"Improvements to city parks will also be done in 2018," Sampson said. "The first project will be the repaving/repairing of the parking lots at Civic Park, which will include addressing a drainage issue.

"The city would also be repaving the Spangler lot at Huber Park," he said.

New parking lot

McCloud said parking will also be addressed, since the city recently purchased a long-vacant lot at Lancaster and East Main Street.

"We are working with a consultant to develop a site plan and will be submitting companion legislation to City Council to build a parking lot that will have park-like amenities," he said. "So in addition to cleaning up what has been a longstanding eyesore, it will provide parking for about 40 vehicles."

The mayor said increased foot and car traffic in the Old Reynoldsburg area prompted the project.

He said the city has received numerous phone calls and inquiries from businesses interested in space in Old Reynoldsburg.

"Energy creates energy, and we are excited about the building momentum there," he said.

Sampson said the city paid $225,000 for the property at East Main and Lancaster.

He said OHM Advisors, the firm helping to develop the city's comprehensive master plan, surveyed the property and developed several concepts for the site last year.

"I requested a proposal from them to provide base mapping and site evaluation; design development; construction documentation; and bidding and construction services," Sampson said.

He said the construction documentation portion of the proposal would include demolition, layout and materials, drainage and planting plans, and sheet specifications.

"That documentation would then be used to competitively bid the project for construction," he said.

"Our goal is to take what is now vacant property and create green space and additional parking to both enhance the area's aesthetics and to support growth in Old Reynoldsburg."