Work Begins on Parsons Avenue Streetscape Project
The stretch of Parsons Avenue that runs through Olde Towne East is getting a makeover. Workers recently began tearing up portions of the street between Franklin Avenue and Broad Street to begin burying utility lines. The project, originally announced in late 2014, was set to begin in mid-2015, but was delayed due to some changes.
“It’s my understanding that the original design schedule was adjusted to accommodate the neighborhood request to provide for a left turn lane from Broad Street to southbound Parsons,” said Jeff Ortega, Assistant Director of the City of Columbus Department of Public Service. “Private utility relocation will take several months, and construction is scheduled to occur in the fall of this year or spring of 2017, depending on the utility relocation.”
Once utilities are buried, the street will be resurfaced, sidewalks will be replaced and widened, new street trees will be planted, new street lighting installed, and curb-bumpouts will be added to better define the on-street parking areas. A public artwork component is also planned, featuring work from Ohio artist Olga Ziemska.
“The city of Columbus looks forward to completing this project which will benefit the neighborhood’s residents and employers and visitors,” added Ortega.