The first reconstruction of Henderson Road in 54 years will take place this spring and will include new accommodations for pedestrians and cyclists.

A construction schedule hasn't been finalized, but Upper Arlington officials expect it will cost approximately $3.19 million to rebuild a section of Henderson Road from Sawmill Road to Riverside Drive.

Work could begin as soon as April.

The project is the first reconstruction of the roadway since 1965 and will be geared toward improving the driving surface on Henderson, as well as enhancing safety at Henderson and Riverside.

Additionally, it's designed to improve walking, jogging and biking options along Henderson, as well as aesthetics and screening for residents who live along the road.

"Henderson Road has continued to deteriorate since the city first considered this project back in 2008," said Jackie Thiel, Upper Arlington's city engineer and public-service director. "At the time, there was not funding to complete all of the needed improvements.

"After the income-tax increase was passed in 2014, the city was then able to program this project into the 10-year CIP (capital-improvement program)."

Thiel said the city would schedule a public meeting prior to the beginning of the project so residents and representatives of businesses in the area could learn more about it and the possible impacts of the work.

If construction begins in April, the project is expected to be completed by "late fall" of this year, she said.

"Because this section of Henderson Road is only two ways, it is not possible to rebuild the roadway and maintain traffic," Thiel said. "Henderson Road will be closed during construction in two phases.

"One phase is Henderson Road between Hampton Lane-Tarrington Lane and Sawmill, and the other phase is Henderson Road between Riverside Drive and Hampton Lane-Tarrington Lane."

Upper Arlington City Council agreed unanimously Feb. 25 to hire Mansfield-based Elite Excavating Co. of Ohio for the project.

The two-lane road will be reconstructed with an 8-foot wide shared-use path on the north side of Henderson.

The contract also calls for new streetlights, a tree lawn and new curb and storm-sewer pipe to be installed.

A new walk connection along the east side of Sawmill Road also is planned, from the newly constructed curb ramps at Henderson extending north to the existing sidewalk.

At the Henderson-Riverside intersection, high-friction asphalt pavement will be installed, along with advance-warning signs on Riverside to alert drivers to the intersection.

An 8-inch sanitary sewer will be extended east of Horizons Drive, along with a relocation of the existing 20-incg water line to accommodate the new sanitary and storm sewers.

Councilman Jim Lynch said he supports the upgrades, in part because the project spreads capital improvements to an area where some residents have felt excluded.

"I've heard from a lot of residents who felt like, 'You know, you do so much to improve access and improve biking elsewhere in the city, and we feel we're just on the edge and we don't get much investment,'" he said.

Thiel said the project would provide needed repairs and safety enhancements to a major arterial in the city while also upgrading transportation connections beyond vehicles.

"This is a life-changing project for some of those people that are active and want to bike and walk and be connected," she said.

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