Just months after Reynoldsburg's new community center YMCA is scheduled to open, the road leading to it will be improved.

A $2 million project next year will widen and repave Davidson Drive, between East Main Street and Haft Drive, adding curbs and gutters as well as rain gardens to improve surface drainage.

"Davidson Drive has been selected as the main road that we'll be redoing in the 2020 street program," development director Andrew Bowsher told City Council on July 8. "It's a full-depth reclamation – all the way down to the gravel."

Plans call for a paved, multiuse trail connecting the community center YMCA and adjacent Huber Park with the Blacklick Creek Trail and East Main Street.

Other items include installing decorative street lighting along the road's eastern edge and planting street trees.

As many as 25 on-street parking spaces also will be added, Bowsher said.

Construction on Davidson Drive is expected to take place during summer 2020, about six months after the new community center is scheduled to open, and will be completed later in the year, Bowsher said.

The 70,000-square-foot community center is under construction on the former site of a swimming pool and roller rink. It is expected to open in early next year.

The two-story building will feature community rooms, a fitness center, gymnasium, indoor track and offices and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

In addition, the building will include about 13,000 square feet for OhioHealth primary-care physicians.

City Council again is expected to discuss the first phase of the Davidson Drive project – a proposed $146,824 contract with EMH&T to perform survey, design engineering and bidding assistance work at its Monday, July 22, meeting at City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.

According to documents submitted to council by EMH&T, the total cost of the Davidson Drive improvements is estimated at $2,050,000, including:

* $299,718 for the purchase and installation of 25 street lights.

* $125,000 for the installation of rain gardens and bioretention basins.

* $40,000 to remove an existing timber retaining wall and replace it with a stacked limestone wall.

* $8,000 in timber pedestrian fencing.

Bowsher said he expects the rest of the roads and sewers scheduled for repair during the 2020 season to be selected later this summer.

Voters in 2017 approved raising the city's income-tax rate to 2.5% as a way to generate an additional $6.5 million for the community center and infrastructure needs.

Reynoldsburg is spending about $4 million on its streets and sewers this year, including $2 million to widen Palmer Road between Taylor and Graham roads.

The city plans to spend an additional $1.825 million on resurfacing and curb repairs in 2019 to Kingsley Drive, Rocky Den Road, Birchview Road, Elmbrook Lane, Oak Valley Road, Leighton Drive, Briarcliff Drive, Pinion Place, Brent Court, Feather Court, Lauretta Court, Anne Court, and Lancaster Avenue between Main Street and Broad Alley.

Information about road closures and lane restrictions related to the various projects will be posted on the city website and its social media pages.

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