Columbus is about to embark on the second phase of the State Street Corridor project, preparing to bid out plans for an updated streetscape from the Haw Creek bridge east to Mapleton Street.

Work is ongoing on improvements to the Haw Creek bridge, which began as the first phase of the State Street project in October 2016, said Jeremy Richardson, a project designer for United Consulting Engineers and Architects.

The bridge improvements are focusing on increasing pedestrian safety by widening the existing pedestrian zone on the north side of the bridge from 5 feet to 10 feet, and widening the sidewalk on the south side from 4 feet to 6 feet, said Christine Eaton, a senior project manager and landscape architect from Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, the architectural firm working with United Consulting on the project.

The work on the bridge is expected to be completed by May 26, Richardson told Columbus Redevelopment Commission members Monday.

What was once listed as Phase 2 has now been divided into two sections, with the city pursuing streetscape work from the Haw Creek Bridge east on State Street to Mapleton Avenue next, Eaton said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.