Orange Township trustees OK $2.4 million for Phase 2 of Orange Road project

JIM FISCHER
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Phase 2 of the Orange Road project in Orange Township involves the reconstruction and widening of Orange Road to five lanes from just east of Orange Centre Drive to Green Meadows Drive, including new traffic signals at North Central Drive, Highfield Drive, Green Meadows Drive and Blue Holly Drive.

Orange Township trustees approved expenditures for the township's portion of the Orange Road Phase 2 road-construction project at their July 20 meeting.

Trustees approved spending $2.4 million toward the project, which is a joint effort with the Delaware County Engineer's Office.

The total project cost estimate is $3.5 million, according to Delaware County chief deputy engineer Rob Riley. The remainder of the cost is covered by the engineer's office and a $500,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant, he said.

The project involves the reconstruction and widening of Orange Road to five lanes from just east of Orange Centre Drive to Green Meadows Drive, including new traffic signals at North Central Drive, Highfield Drive, Green Meadows Drive and Blue Holly Drive.

"Once this project is complete, residents will have easier access to the businesses along that section of Orange Road," trustees chairman Ryan Rivers said.

"Even with the reduced traffic due to COVID(-19), these intersections are really problematic," trustee Ben Grumbles said.

This project follows improvements to Orange Road from U.S. Route 23 to Orange Centre Drive that were completed in 2016.

Riley said a fixed timetable for construction has not been established. The engineer's office website states construction will be completed in 2020 and 2021.

"Orange Road has safety hazards and has been in need of improvements for years," Rivers said. "This is a much-needed investment and positive step forward for our community."

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