Rocky Ford Road project will close nearby streets

An improvement project along Rocky Ford Road will result in several streets being closed, which take effect immediately.

The $6.3 million Rocky Ford Road project, which began earlier this year, is being reconstructed to bring up to city standards what was once a county road. Eighty percent of the project is being federally funded, with the city picking up the remaining amount.

The project will result in the following streets being closed:

Rocky Ford Road between Marilyn Street and Talley Road

Marilyn Street at the intersection with Rocky Ford Road

Carolina Street at the intersection with Rocky Ford Road

Virginia Street at the intersection of Rocky Ford Road

Elizabeth Street at the intersection with Rocky Ford Road

Access to the Columbus Calvary Nazarene Church will continue to be provided from Taylor Road, according to a news release. When work is completed, the section of Rocky Ford Road will have three traffic lanes, bicycle lanes, storm sewers, curbs, a side path and a sidewalk.

Work on the project will be dependent on weather, with the main focus being construction of a bridge.

Residents along closed streets are being asked to plan alternate routes to avoid Rocky Ford Road. The project will continue through most of 2017 and is expected to be completed late next year.

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