Reynoldsburg's 2019 water-line project hasn't yet started, but council already is turning its attention to 2020 street improvements.

Construction on the $459,000 replacement of water lines on Roselawn and Rocky Den Court is expected to start this fall, said Andrew Bowsher, acting service director.

The work involves placing new pipe next to existing water line underground before patching and sealing the pavement. It will replace an aging line with rising repair costs.

"Roselawn and Rocky Den Court have had numerous water main breaks over the past several years," Bowsher said. "Local traffic will still have access in and out of driveways. The only time there will be a loss of water pressure is during the line switch. Once tapped, pressurized and tested, the line can then be turned on."

Fields Excavating is expected to finish the work by the end of the year, he said.

Meanwhile, council is expected to vote soon on a $52,804 contract that marks the first step in the 2020 street program. Officials are weighing a contract with EMH&T for survey, engineering and design work related to resurfacing more than a dozen streets.

Preliminary estimates provided by EMH&T show it will cost the city an estimated $3.9 million to resurface: Andrea, Acadia and Crofton places; Deerfield, Featherleaf and Wayfaring courts; Souder, Wayfaring, Linick and Bergenia drives; Taylor Mills; a portion of Fallriver Drive and Priestley Drive, from Taylor Road to the Franklin County line.

The city is getting a jump on work for next year in an effort to save money on materials, Bowsher said.

"We're starting preliminary engineering for future projects earlier," he said. "Our goal is to get as many roads resurfaced and repaved as possible. We're definitely taking a bite out of some this deferred maintenance."

The city plans to spend another $2 million to widen and repave Davidson Drive, between East Main Street and Haft Drive, adding curbs, gutters and rain gardens to improve surface drainage. Council earlier this month awarded a $146,824 contract to EMH&T to conduct survey, design-engineering and bidding-assistance work related to the project.

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

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

Construction on Davidson Drive is expected to start next summer, after the new community center is open.

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 will spend a total of $4 million on its streets and sewers this year, including a $2 million project to widen Palmer Road between Taylor and Graham roads.

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