City officials plan to spend up to $286,117 on road improvements in the Columbus AirPark.
Portions of Cunningham Drive, Poshard Drive from Kelly Street to Marr Road, Middle Road south of Poshard Drive and Whitney Court would be resurfaced, according to the Columbus Redevelopment Commission.
The project would be funded by the airport’s tax incremental financing district money, or TIF money, said airport director Brian Payne.
City engineer Beth Fizel said plans have been in place to work on the AirPark roads for some time.
“These roads were originally part of the resurfacing list for this year,” she said. “As we starting marking out patching areas, the percentage of the roads that needed patching was excessive.”
The roads scheduled for resurfacing have cracks, holes and areas that have crumbled into small pieces on the edges.
Payne said the roads have become somewhat of a “patchwork” surface with all of the temporary fixes they have had over the years. He said the long and harsh winter also took a toll on the roads.
“They were having some major issues,” he said. “The ones they’re looking to replace are some of the most used roads that we have.”
Payne said the roadwork isn’t part of the airport’s Board of Aviation Commissioners plan to bring economic development to parts of the area, but having new, safer roads certainly won’t hurt.
Using the airport’s TIF funds won’t impact the board’s plan to develop areas of the airport for retail businesses and housing either, Payne said.
That project would be bonded out since it is expected cost more than the TIF fund has in it, Payne said.
The road work will be done by Milestone Contractors of Columbus.
Fizel said she expects the construction to begin sometime next month.
Work would need to be completed by mid-September because of weather conditions, Fizel said.