By year's end, a section of Mountview Road constructed in 1955 will get a facelift that will include a new sidewalk.

Mountview, which stretches from Canterbury Road to McCoy Road, is a collector street through central Upper Arlington that dates well into the city's history.

Built in sections from 1935-1955, city records show the portion from Fishinger Road to Zollinger Road was reconstructed in 1955.

Since then, that section hasn't had any major rebuilds and last was resurfaced in 2007.

That's expected to change this year, as the city has entered an approximately $2.95 million contract with Columbus-based Strawser Paving Co. to reconstruct Mountview, from Fishinger to Zollinger, and to install a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on Mountview's west side.

In addition to a new waterline and tree lawn, the project also will be designed to reduce flooding issues along that corridor.

"The project was driven by the need for sidewalk on this collector street and also to add a new storm sewer with curb and gutter to address needed stormwater improvements," said Jackie Thiel, Upper Arlington city engineer and public-services director. "The roadway improvements are needed because we are lowering the road slightly to allow for storm water to flow towards the street and into the new storm sewer."

Thiel said the 2018 River Ridge/Kingsdale West Study showed a need to promote walkability and overall livability in the neighborhood.

City Council members, who unanimously approved the project Feb. 24, said the Mountview reconstruction and sidewalk installation is a response to the study.

"We are so pleased to see this moving forward," councilwoman Michele Hoyle said. "Every time I drive down this street, I just can't wait to see how much more improved the connection in that community is going to be.

"I think it's a great investment in a part of the community that has needed some investment."

The $49,000 River Ridge study, aided by consultants at Planning NEXT, sought to examine appropriate zoning for an area bound west to east by Riverside Drive and Kingsdale-Tremont Road and by Zollinger and Fishinger roads.

It also sought to preserve and strengthen the district in line with input from residents.

A start date for the reconstruction hasn't been set.

"A preconstruction meeting will be held with the contractor where a complete schedule will be reviewed," Thiel said. "After the preconstruction meeting, the city will hold a public meeting for information about the schedule and details of the construction project.

"The goal is to have the project completed by the end of 2020."

Thiel said the block of Mountview from Eastcleft Drive to Zollinger was resurfaced in 2017 and isn't included in the project. However, it will be part of the street that will receive a new sidewalk.

Thiel said only the west side of Mountview, from Fishinger to Zollinger, will receive sidewalks.

"The city's goal was to provide pedestrian mobility on Mountview Road, and the budget did not allow for construction of sidewalk on both sides of the roadway," she said.

Thiel said to expect construction detours during the work and added the project's construction schedule, detour plan and further details will be posted on the city website, upperarlingtonoh.gov, and will be available at the public meeting before construction begins.

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