A widened stretch of Palmer Road in Reynoldsburg has been reopened after a $2 million project wrapped up last week, city officials said.

Work to widen and repave a 1-mile stretch between Graham Road and Ravine Way started in late July, and the road had been closed to all but local traffic during construction. Crews from Strawser Paving Inc. widened the road by about 4 feet and improved the grading to help drainage.

The Palmer Road project accounted for nearly half of the city’s $4 million in infrastructure improvements this year.

The city in previous years spent about $500,000 on its streets program, but a 2017 income-tax rate increase helped direct more money to maintain its roads and sewers. The income-tax rate increased from 1.5% to 2.5% in part to fund a new community center and pay for infrastructure.

Reynoldsburg this year has spent more than $1 million on resurfacing and curb repairs 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.

The city also installed a dedicated right-turn lane from southbound Taylor Road to westbound East Main Street and repaired and replaced sewer lines and manhole covers at East Main Street and Graham Road as part of the 2019 program.

The city plans a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Palmer Road at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 to mark the end of construction.

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