Motorists traveling on the east side of the city of Delaware may have noticed that Glenn Road was recently reopened at routes 36 and 37 following a summer realignment project.
The northernmost 0.4-mile stretch of Glenn Road at U.S. 36/S.R. 37 to Mill Run Crossing was reconstructed and relocated, along with 0.15-miles of turn lane and intersection improvements.
“This is a project with the future in mind, not to address any urgent specific needs, but more about the long-term growth that’s projected in that area of the city,” said city community affairs coordinator Lee Yoakum. “This will allow for the anticipated growth.”
The realignment was done to make Glenn Road and the two routes a 90-degree intersection, which Yoakum said is “safer to navigate and easier to maintain and control with signalization.”
A permanent traffic light may be installed in the future. However, “the traffic just isn’t there,” he said. “But at some point it will be needed and will go back up.”
Similar work had previously been done at the southern end of Glenn Road and U.S. 23 at Cheshire and Peachblow roads. Its completion “allowed for development that is starting to take place there now,” Yoakum said.
The work is part of a larger Glenn Parkway extension project which, when built, would link up parts of Delaware with potential new housing developments.
“In between is a large middle section (of roadway) for which we have no plans right now, nor funding to do any kind of work,” Yoakum said in a previous interview. “That section would be development-driven, and reliant on developers to build the road as development takes place.”
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.