Road Improvements and Path Extension Planned for Third Avenue
The northern section of Grandview Yard, where a Giant Eagle-anchored shopping center is planned, will soon be seeing significant infrastructure improvements as well. Columbus City Council approved a plan two weeks ago to upgrade Third Avenue from Olentangy River Road to Dover Avenue.
The upgrade will include widening and re-surfacing the section of the street east of the railroad tracks, completely reconstructing the section between the railroad tracks and Edgehill Road, and resurfacing the block from Edgehill to Dover Avenue. Edgehill will also be widened and re-surfaced from Third to Fifth Avenues.
This section of Third was previously closed to vehicular traffic for seven months so that utility work could be completed in preparation for the widening and re-surfacing project. It reopened to traffic temporarily at the beginning of March.
The shared use-path that currently stops in front of the fire station on Third will also be extended along the south side of the street (to Dover), and a five-foot wide sidewalk with ADA ramps will be added along the north side of the street – although the portion of both that runs under the railroad bridge will have to wait for the reconstruction of the CSX-owned bridge, which is tentatively scheduled for fall.
Storm-water and landscape improvements are also included within the scope of the project.
Construction is to start in early April with completion of the city’s portion of the project scheduled for late September.
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Photo by Walker Evans.