Glenn Road work starts Monday


A photo taken recently shows where Glenn Road will be realigned.

Starting Monday, June 22, Glenn Road will be closed between Mill Run Crossing and routes 36/37.

“It’s to do two things,” said Lee Yoakum, the city of Delaware’s community affairs coordinator. “One is a slight realignment, so it’s a more traditional intersection at 36/37 and does not come in at an angle, which it does now. There will also be some enhancements at that intersection for the traffic that’s on it now and in the future.”

In recent weeks, contractor Double Z Construction has been excavating and preparing the site for the project, which is expected to be completed in October.

According to the city, “Sweeney Road will be the posted detour route and signage will be posted to assist motorists around the project area.”

This construction project is at the northernmost section of Glenn Road. Work was also done in recent years on Glenn’s southern section at Peachblow and Cheshire roads.

The work is part of a larger Glenn Parkway extension project, which city officials hope will eventually link up parts of Delaware. However, as indicated in a recent joint meeting between City Council and Delaware County commissioners, the extension won’t be completed by the city any time soon.

“In between is a large middle section for which we have no plans right now, nor funding to do any kind of work,” Yoakum said. “That section would be development-driven, and reliant on developers to build the road as development takes place.”

He said that since 2000, there has been interest in putting in large-scale housing developments in that area, but it has yet to happen.

“It is ready for development in the future with water and sewer in the area already,” Yoakum said. “We can do work to improve some of those areas, and one of those areas is the northern section between Mill Run Crossing and 36/37, which has seen greater traffic because of the retail and commercial development that’s taking place along the corridor, as well as the residential construction that’s been built behind Mill Run Crossing and is already being occupied.”