Open house previews 2 upcoming projects

The city will host an open house to encourage public comment on two upcoming road projects on Westenedge Drive and Rocky Ford Road.

The open house will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Cal Brand meeting room at Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St.

Residents may review preliminary plans and design concepts for two sections of an improvement project on Westenedge Drive and learn about plans to change the striping and lane configurations on Rocky Ford Road.

Among the improvements for Westenedge are adding a side path on the east side of the road, improving lighting, storm drainage work and intersection improvements, which may include a roundabout, said Dave Hayward, executive director of public works/city engineer. The project will provide pedestrian and bicycle connections to schools and parks in the area and also will extend to Parkside Drive on the north end to provide continuity, according to the city.

The work will be done on Westenedge from U.S. 31 to Rocky Ford Road and from Rocky Ford Road to Parkside Drive. Eighty percent of the estimated $1.5 million improvement project will be paid with federal funding, while the city will pick up the remaining $300,000 through its thoroughfare fund. The money within the fund is collected through property taxes earmarked for street improvement projects.

In addition to the Westenedge project, the city also will preview plans to re-stripe Rocky Ford Road between Central Avenue and Taylor Road. The section of the street currently has four lanes, but the city is considering re-striping it to provide bicycle lanes.

The proposed changes also will match the improvements that are currently being constructed on Taylor Road to Talley Road that is scheduled to open later this year.

For more information: Call 812-376-2540.

If you go

What: Open house to discuss Westenedge Drive and Rocky Ford Road improvement projects

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Cal Brand meeting room at Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com