Long-term plans to clear the daily traffic tangle at the Point intersection on Delaware's east side were a highlight of a city open house May 22 -- but the city also has other street projects it wants residents to know about.
Using a variety of links, charts and video, the city is providing details on all the projects via its Access Delaware website, http://delawareohio.net/access-delaware.
The projects include widening of East William Street, base and surface work on Central Avenue, upgrades to school-zone signals, a citywide traffic-signal upgrade, U.S. Route 23 corridor improvements from Hawthorn Boulevard to Cottswold Drive, the addition of a traffic signal at U.S. Route 23 and Glenn Parkway and citywide street resurfacing and maintenance.
"We want to make sure people understand it's under a website," city engineer Bill Ferrigno said. "They can go to Access Delaware and get a lot of information on projects, and we now have a Facebook page, also. You get current information on construction projects actually happening out in the field."
"All I hear is, 'You're working on William; when are you going to start on Central?' " Mayor Carolyn Riggle said at the May 22 open house. "There's so much going on.
"It's so important for (residents) to get involved and understand it," she said.
"Under Access Delaware, we're trying to provide the community with as much information not just about the Point but all the other transportation challenges and opportunities we have," City Manager Tom Homan said.
The website explains, for example, the William Street project will cost $6.5 million, widening most of East William to accommodate a center turn lane that will allow through traffic to be separated from left-turning vehicles.
It will include replacement of the pedestrian bridge over William Street at Lake Street to accommodate a wider intersection with improved turning and sight distance, specifically for large truck movements.
The city's share of the work will be $1.1 million. Construction is expected to start this year, with completion next summer.
The site notes the project's genesis was a plan to study a southeast-side bypass from U.S. Route 23 to U.S. Route 36 and state Route 37, for which the city received federal earmark funding in 2005.
Several factors, including the Great Recession of the late 2000s, put that idea to rest, and in 2012, the city was allowed to reallocate the remainder of the $4 million earmark toward the East William project.
The site also explains a bypass wouldn't do much good, anyway.
"Traffic modeling indicates that a bypass could carry an estimated 6,000 cars and trucks a day around the city," the site says. "Modeling also indicates combined volumes on both East William Street and East Central Avenue will approach 40,000 vehicles per day -- even with a bypass in place."
"It becomes clearer why the more immediate and realistic roadway priorities are improving the Point intersection as well as both East William and East Central corridors," it says.