When it's finally finished, the widening of the Delaware intersection of William Street and Central Avenue known as the Point will be the city's most-extensive street-construction project in decades.

But that day is still years away, and the planning process to achieve it will be equally extensive.

With that in mind, the city has scheduled a second open house to share new information on the project.

The session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in the gym at Conger Elementary School, 10 Channing St.

Interested residents may arrive any time during the two-hour event.

The city will seek input about the potential social, environmental and economic impacts of the project, which will widen the road under the Point's railroad overpass from two to four lanes.

Officials are counting on the project to break the traffic logjam that occurs on the city's east side every weekday morning and late afternoon.

City engineer Bill Ferrigno earlier said it would be the city's largest street project since U.S. routes 23 and 42 were reconfigured in 2001 on the city's southern edge.

After a long preparation schedule, construction at the Point is expected to start in 2022 and might take two years to complete.

The city also sought public comment during the first open house about the Point and other traffic projects.

"The city received about 40 comments from the May 22 meeting," said Lee Yoakum, city spokesman.

"Residents and neighbors asked the kinds of questions residents should be asking," Yoakum said. "They ranged from comments on construction impacts and timelines to aesthetics and sidewalk connections.

"We also received good feedback on having information on other city transportation and maintenance projects available, along with the Point info," he said. "There were also a good amount of compliments for the city for hosting the open house and several requests for more meetings, which we're happy to make happen again Aug. 21."

Written and/or oral comments may be submitted during the meeting or to deputy city engineer Matt Weber at 740-203-1721 or mweber@delawareohio.net.

A 30-day comment period will end Sept. 20, Yoakum said.

The city has plenty of other street projects to work on this month. Its 2019 street-resurfacing program includes 12 paving projects, with five of them added after Ohio leaders approved a 10.5-cents-per-gallon gasoline-tax increase, Yoakum said.

Streets to be resurfaced this year are: Union Street (Central to Heffner); East Heffner Street (Sandusky to Union); South Houk Road (Pittsburgh Drive to the railroad tracks); Houk Road (William to Central); Pumphrey Terrace; English Terrace; Birch Bend; Cottswold Drive; Somerset Road; Ravine Ridge Drive; Holly Street (Belle to Cumberland); and Silver Maple Drive.

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