The first rebuild of Henderson Road in more than 50 years has begun, and work is expected to extend into late November.
Crews from Elite Excavation began work April 29 on the first phase of the project, from Horizons Drive to Tarrington Lane.
The work is expected to run until about Aug. 1, when phase 2 -- from Tarrington to Sawmill Road -- will begin.
"Substantial completion of the project is anticipated at Thanksgiving," said Jackie Thiel, Upper Arlington city engineer and public service director.
Thiel said the city has been planning the rebuild since 2008 but lacked a steady revenue stream to support it. Since that time, she said, the road has continued to deteriorate.
The city now has funding because voters approved raising Upper Arlington's income tax from 2 percent to 2.5 percent. The move has resulted in an influx of $3.5 million in annual revenue, which is required to be spent on local infrastructure.
"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.
During the project's first phase, residents who live along Hampton Lane and Tarrington Lane will have access to Henderson from Sawmill Road.
"UA schools' bus transportation has been notified that they will be able to access both streets from Sawmill Road," an April 26 Engineering Division bulletin stated. "During this first phase of construction, residents that live on Henderson Road between Horizons Drive and Hampton/Tarrington Lane will have interrupted access to their driveways.
"We will notify you of any upcoming full-driveway closures in advance."
The bulletin also provided the following detour information:
* Motorists heading west on Henderson Road will be detoured north to Sawmill Road, then west on Bethel Road to Riverside Drive.
* Motorists heading north or south on Riverside Drive will be detoured to Bethel Road heading east, then south on Sawmill Road back to Henderson Road.
Trash-, recycling- and yard-waste collection services will be provided as usual, according to the city, which advised residents to place items for disposal at the street the evening before the normal collection day.
The overall Henderson project calls for the two-lane road to be reconstructed with an 8-foot wide, shared-use path on the north side of the street.
The contract also calls for new streetlights, a tree lawn and new curb and storm-sewer pipe to be installed.
A new walk 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 line will be extended east of Horizons Drive, along with a relocation of the existing 20-inch water line to accommodate the new sanitary and storm sewers.
Thiel said Henderson will be closed to traffic between Riverside and Sawmill during the project's second phase.