A portion of McCorkle Boulevard in Westerville has been closed since June 17 for pavement repairs and access improvements.

It is expected to reopen Aug. 5, according to city leaders.

The road is closed from Wyndham Park to County Line Road for several improvements, said city engineer Scott Tourville.

He said the road would be widened and repaved, and signal poles would be relocated and a push-button-activated safety flasher installed near the bike path.

Construction manager Nate Lang said the estimate for the project is $1.1 million.

Access will be maintained to all residences in the area and a detour for drivers has been posted, said city traffic engineer Jennifer Alford.

"The posted detour uses Hoff Road, State Street and County Line Road," she said.

"We are monitoring the additional traffic in the area on those streets, as well as Maxtown, and making adjustments to signal timing to assist in keeping traffic moving as best we can."

Alford said McCorkle carries about 9,000 vehicles per day, meaning there is potential for increased traffic and delays on other roadways.

Tourville said the pavement on McCorkle was deteriorating, but the city took the time to make other improvements.

"So we are taking advantage of that work to extend our communication-conduit system, provide some geometric improvements to the roadway and improve ADA access in the area, as well," he said. "We know that the roadway closure brings inconvenience, but it allows us to complete the necessary repairs in the most efficient manner."

Lang said the project appears to be on schedule and has not been affected by recent rainfall.

For project details, go to westerville.maps.arcgis.com.

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