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Drivers have been sharing their concerns about the traffic issues in the Huntley Road area in Worthington, as well as the additional construction projects impacting traffic nearby in the City of Columbus northeast of Worthington’s boundaries. We understand your frustrations and the impact this is causing to your ability to travel throughout the region in a timely manner.
In Worthington, a section of southbound Huntley Road is closed for a waterline replacement/relocation project. This short-term closure is expected to last up to one month (by the end of October), but we are working diligently in cooperation with the contractor to reduce this time frame. City crews are making some adjustments to the light configuration that will help eliminate confusion and assist traffic flow. Lane closures are necessary at the intersection so southbound and northbound traffic on Worthington Galena don't go head-to-head, which is prohibited by law and could cause head-on collisions. As you would expect, we place high priority on the safety of the construction crews as well as the traveling public. The detour in this case is longer than is typical because of the significant truck traffic, but was designed to keep the trucks from diverting to residential streets. The results are unfortunate, but temporary.You can learn more about this project here: http://www.worthington.org/1918/2019-Huntley-Rd-Waterline
The City of Columbus is also in the middle of a couple of large projects northeast of Worthington, that have been causing traffic congestion in the area for the past several days, weeks and months. Here is some information from the City of Columbus about the Lazelle Road project. https://www.columbus.gov/publicservice/streets/project-information/Lazelle-Road-Improvements/ Campus View and Alta View are also under construction in Columbus. More information on these projects can be obtained by contacting the City of Columbus at 614-645-3111 or by email email@example.com .
We’ve had several people ask why we don’t coordinate these projects with Columbus so there is only one going on at a time. The timing of these and all projects have numerous factors to consider including when funding is available, contractor availability and schedules, construction season limitations, and weather. The timing of the Huntley Road closure is very complex, as it involves boring underneath the railroad tracks for the waterline replacement. For these and other reasons we needed to move forward with this waterline project now.
Emergency response crews work with City staff and contractors to plan in advance for construction projects, detours, and traffic congestion. They have plans in place to access emergency incidents that may occur in construction zones and in areas of heavy congestion. We ask the traveling public to be aware of the need to move over as much as possible so the emergency vehicles can pass, when needed. Right now there are no plans to have police officers direct traffic and adjust light cycles. In this circumstance, officers are concerned doing so won’t necessarily resolve the issue and could have a residual effect and make congestion worse in adjacent areas.
We thank you for your patience while these improvements are taking place. Usually congestion is at its worst when the project is beginning, so our hope is that congestion will ease as the traveling public temporarily finds alternate routes to avoid the area during the period while the detours and orange barrels are in place.
In the long run, the Huntley Road waterline replacement project will eliminate frequent breaks in the aged waterline infrastructure in the corridor. Even more significant, Worthington’s Northeast Gateway improvements will result in safer, more efficient intersections that will alleviate the congestion that regularly occurs in this area. Information about the Northeast Gateway reconfiguration can be found here: https://worthington.org/639/HuntleyWilson-BridgeWorthington-Galena-R