Grove City applies for grant to improve Demorest Road

ALAN FROMAN
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Grove City will apply for state funding to pay a portion of the cost of a project to improve and widen Demorest Road from Grove City Road to Basswood Avenue.

The city will apply for both a loan and grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the project, which is expected to get underway in July 2021 if the application is approved, said Ryan Andrews, senior project manager-associate with EMH&T.

The city held a virtual public meeting Sept. 16 to provide initial details of the project and seek public input ahead of the Wednesday, Sept. 30, application deadline.

"It's a competitive application process," services director Cindi Fitzpatrick said. "We are confident about the project (and its chances of receiving the OPWC funding) but public participation is critical."

Residents are invited to submit feedback about the project to Carly Montgomery with EMH&T at cmontgomery@emht.com.

The project involves widening of Demorest to three lanes between Grove City Road and Basswood Avenue to include one lane in each direction and a center turn lane, Montgomery said.

A dedicated left-turn lane would be placed at Demorest and Grove City Road, she said.

The entire section of roadway would be resurfaced and other improvements would include new streetlights, curbs, a multiuse path, updates to the stormwater system and water-main replacement, Montgomery said.

A traffic signal would be installed at the intersection with Grove City Road, she said.

A companion project would result in sanitary-sewer improvements in the corridor, Montgomery said.

That project is separate from the roadway improvement project and would be subject to a separate OPWC funding application, she said.

"There will be a phase 2 project for Demorest Road sometime in the future," Andrews said. "It would extend the project work all the way up to Southwest Boulevard so that eventually the section of Demorest from Grove City Road to Southwest would be enhanced and improved."

The improvements to Demorest would help make sure the roadway can support the additional traffic expected from the Beulah Park development and other development occurring in the area, he said.

The total cost of the phase 1 project is projected at $5.74 million, Andrews said. Grove City would seek $4.56 million in OPWC funds.

The application would be for a 0%-interest loan of $1.14 million and a grant of $3.41 million, he said.

The Franklin County Infrastructure Bank would provide $1 million, and the Beulah Park developer would pay $180,000 to cover the rest of the cost, he said.

The OPWC is expected to announce which applications have been approved Dec. 11, Andrews said.

Assuming the city's application is approved, a detailed design of the planned project would be firmed up between January and July 2021, he said. Work on the project would start in July 2021 and be completed by August 2022.

Another public meeting would be held when about 60% of the design work is completed, Andrews said.

That would give property owners and residents a chance to offer feedback with enough time for potential tweaks to the design incorporating their input to be included, he said.

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