Water line, William St. upgrades planned


The City of Delaware’s proposed five-year capital improvement plan includes plans to upgrade its transportation system and utility services.

Next year, the city will start construction of a new water distribution line that will cross the Olentangy River to improve service for the city’s growing southeast section. The project will receive $650,000 in the first year. It will be funded by the water capacity fund of the CIP, which had a previous balance of nearly $5.34 million and is funded by water capacity and debt meter fees.

Regarding transportation, the city received $2.5 million from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to upgrade its traffic signal system in the major corridors. The city will need to contribute about $300,000 in local funding for design costs unless additional state funding is obtained. The project will start in 2019.

Additionally, the city plans East William Street corridor improvements that also would begin in 2019. The city received a $2.95 million state grant plus a $625,000 grant from MORPC for the project. Delaware officials are pursuing a $300,000 state grant to offset a local contribution of $674,000. Once completed, the improvements will provide a continuous center turn lane to reduce the number of rear-end and side-swipe accidents through the corridor.

The project will also eliminate the severe “blind spot” and substandard turning radius at the northeast corner of the Lake Street intersection by widening the bridge over East William Street, city officials said.

On the other hand, the city continues to weigh options for East Central Avenue improvements as complete roadway construction is necessary, according to a press release. Alternatives being studied include one-way configurations, reversible lanes, and conventional and non-conventional widening.

“Not surprisingly, whatever the option, the challenge will be coming up with the city’s local contribution,” Homan said. “Nonetheless, a plan to address the ongoing deterioration of this critical stretch needs to be developed.”

Delaware City Council will discuss the CIP on Aug. 28, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9. The deadline to adopt the CIP is Oct. 15.

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Projects scheduled for 2018 and 2019

By Brandon Klein

bklein@delgazette.com

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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