Powell's infamously congested Four Corners intersection will undergo a much-needed repaving in the spring.

The city plans to repave the intersection of Olentangy and Liberty streets -- and will need to close the busy crossroads to accomplish the work.

But rather than interrupt major traffic flow during the day, the project is set to be completed largely at night.

Bid documents show the city is asking contractors to perform the work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., which will allow them to completely close the road during the night rather than work on smaller sections during the day.

Powell spokeswoman Megan Canavan said the city specifically wanted to use that schedule "so we don't burden traffic at peak times."

City engineer Chris Huber said the overnight shutdown of the intersection also will allow for better efficiency.

"I think that's a huge advantage for us," he said. "It will end up saving us hopefully a few weeks."

Rerouting traffic overnight now is possible in Powell due to the full operation of alternate routes on Murphy Parkway, Bennett Parkway and Grace Drive, which now has a functional traffic light at the intersection of North Liberty Street.

Canavan said the city is shooting for a spring start to the project, but no specific dates have been determined.

Powell City Council was set to award a bid for the project at their Feb. 19 meeting. The city received three bids for the project, ranging from $264,852 to $391,198.

The work also will include upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Strawser Paving Co., which submitted the lowest bid, was staff's recommendation for the project.

Canavan said details on the length of the project are not yet available and declined to speculate how long it may take.

She said a timeline will be established when a contractor determines a schedule.

The contractors will consider an alternative that uses a type of asphalt graded for heavier vehicles on the intersection, which would mark an improvement for the intersection and cost a few thousand dollars more.

Huber said the work is long overdue. He said the intersection hasn't been repaved in 20 years, which is longer than originally planned.

"It needs it this spring," he said.

He said this round of pavement likely won't be asked to last another 20 years.

According to Huber, a full repaving of Olentangy Street is on the horizon. Though it's not expected within the next few years, it should occur within the life of the intersection's new pavement.

For more information on the project, visit www.cityofpowell.us.

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