Maple Street to open

Columbus will open the Maple Street Extension with special ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the corner of Tipton Lane and Maple Street.

The Maple Street project, which extends Maple Street to U.S. 31, was identified in a 2012 Safe Routes to School study as a needed improvement for students and families accessing four nearby schools — Columbus North High School, Northside Middle School, Schmitt Elementary and St. Bartholomew Catholic School. About 4,000 students attend those schools each day.

The project, estimated to cost nearly $440,000, was paid for with 80 percent federal funding, with the remainder — about $87,000 — picked up by the city, using money from its thoroughfare fund that is designated for street improvement projects.

The road extension, which amounted to about 500 feet of pavement, allows motorists to get to Maple Street turning right from U.S. 31 South, or to go the opposite direction turning right off Maple to U.S. 31.