Those who pass through the heavily traveled intersection at Groveport and Gender roads will soon see new traffic lights, signaling the end of a roughly two-year, $2.4 million phase 4 project to improve the corridor.
Temporary traffic signals soon will be replaced with new signals that cost approximately $250,000, Canal Winchester Construction Services Administrator Bill Sims told City Council on Feb. 19.
"We've got about two more weeks of work on the traffic signals before we remove the old ones," he said. "You'll continue to see a lot of activity out there with crews working."
The city had expected the new signals to be operating by the end of November, but manufacturing delays pushed delivery to this year. Sims noted that at one time, two companies were producing traffic-signal poles, but one went out of business.
Shane Spencer, a project engineer with EMH&T, which the city contracts for work, also informed council members that he was preparing an application to seek Ohio Department of Transportation funding for a traffic-signal timing study of the corridor.
"They will actually go out and do updated (traffic) counts at all the intersections, including turn movements, to get up-to-date information on what is happening, and then they will use ... modeling software to see where we can optimize," Spencer said.
Officials had no cost estimates for the study, but Spencer said it would be fully funded by ODOT and would include two signals on Winchester Boulevard.
In 2017, Canal Winchester learned that the Ohio Public Works Commission would supply $2.1 million for phase 4 of Gender Road improvements through a 55 percent loan and 45 percent grant.
Work at the intersection of Gender and Groveport roads included construction of additional turn lanes and through lanes to provide a more-efficient flow of traffic.
Crews also put in an additional southbound lane and a dedicated right-turn lane for westbound Groveport Road traffic to Gender Road and a second left-turn lane for eastbound Groveport Road traffic to Gender Road.
Other improvements include street lighting at the intersections between Groveport Road and Walnut Street and extending the bike path to the west.
Only one intersection in the corridor -- Canal Street -- was not part of the four-phase improvements and, currently, there are no plans to upgrade the intersection.
Other Gender Road work included:
* Phase 1, which cost about $3 million and involved upgrading the intersection at Winchester and Gender roads.
* Phase 2, which was a $4.5 million joint project with the city of Columbus.
* Phase 3, which was a roundabout project that cost about $2.1 million.