The Northeast Gateway project is starting to come together, according to Worthington leaders.

The project involves the redesign of the major intersection of East Wilson Bridge, Huntley and Worthington Galena roads on the northeast side of the city, just south of Interstate 270.

Dan Whited, director of service and engineering for Worthington, said construction is expected to start around July 2020 and is on schedule at this time.

He said the design for the project has been finalized.

Worthington City Council recently approved the demolition of two buildings, including asbestos removal, at 7200 Huntley Road and 431 East Wilson Bridge Road.

The Huntley Road address is a commercial building, and the East Wilson Bridge Road property is a small house.

Law director Tom Lindsey previously said 7200 Huntley Road is critical for the project.

"Those structures both need to be removed to make room for the gas lines and the intersection," he said.

Lindsey also said the property at 7057-7079 Huntley Road recently has been acquired by the city for the project. He said the city has acquired the property as a single parcel, but the parcel includes six addresses.

Whited said the city is "about 98% of the way there" with the remaining parcel acquisitions for the project.

Lindsey said the land-acquisition process involves state and federal funding and ODOT regulations for the project.

In terms of cost for the project, Lindsey said, the city is paying 20% and 80% will be paid for by the state.

Scott Bartter, the city's finance director, said the total project cost is $17,657,481. He said the city will pay $1,901,328.

Bartter said the city is slated to receive $4,051,843 from the Ohio Public Works Commission, $11,659,730 from the federal government and $44,580 from the Ohio Rail Development Commission. He said all of these are estimated amounts.

As a part of the project, a water line is being relocated on Huntley Road between Worthington Galena Road and the railroad tracks. The water-line relocation is underway.

City spokesperson Anne Brown said the southbound lane of Huntley would have to be closed for about a week for the water-line replacement project.

She said the details on the closure, exact date and a detour have not been determined, though it likely will be in about four weeks.

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