March 29, 2012

Columbus has street and bike plans

City planners have some big plans in store for improving the streets and sidewalks of Columbus. Some of you might have read the Dispatch article which stated:
"[The] street-resurfacing budget that exceeds 2011’s record $30 million, which paid for resurfacing 140 streets. There are still 24 streets remaining to be resurfaced this spring from the 2011 program, said Rick Tilton, a spokesman for the city’s Public Service department.
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The 2012 capital plan for street resurfacing, which is supported by income taxes, is $17 million. The budget will exceed that, Rakosky said, and by a lot. He said resurfacing will get more money than last year, when the council approved $30 million."
 In a later Dispatch article and this Columbus announcement, the finalized number was $31 million for resurfacing. There are also $6 million for sidewalk improvements and $6.4 million for for bikeways, bike paths, and bike pavement markings.

Are there maps available? Why yes there are.
Go to City of Columbus website for a PDF of 2012 Columbus Resurfacing Projects.
And for the general capital improvements:
Go to City of Columbus website for a PDF of 2012 Columbus Capital Improvement Projects
Here's an enlarged table of the 2012 Capital Improvements Projects:

Project Number
Location
Design Phase
Improvement Type
1
NCR Milo Grogan - Fifth & Cleveland
 Construction

2
NCR High Street - 7th to 9th Prelim. Engineering
 Design

3
Housing Init Wheatland Avenue widening, Broad to north of Steele


4
Godown Road Sidewalk, Kenny to Bethel
 Design
Sidewalk
5
Henderson Road Sidewalk, Kenny to Reed Shared-Use Path
 Construction
Sidewalk
6
Smoky Row Road Sidewalk, Hard to Smoky View
 Construction
Sidewalk
7
Waggoner Road Sidewalk, Broad to Chapelstone
 Design
Sidewalk
8
Nelson Road Sidewalk, Main to Bryden
 Design
Sidewalk
9
Sinclair Road Sidewalk, Morse to Strimple
 Design
Sidewalk
10
Whittier Street Sidewalk, Lockbourne to Fairwood
 Design
Sidewalk
11
Art Street Rehab Lockbourne, Frebis to SR104  R-O-W Acquisition


12
Alley Rehabilitation -  Downtown SID Improvements
 Construction

13
 Hudson/Mock Road
 Design
Bikeways
14
 Hudson/Mock Road
 Design
Bikeways
15
Public Service Reimbursement - SciTech


16
 Marion Road R-O-W Acquisition

Sidewalk
17
Fairwood Avenue, Watkins to Koebel
 Cosntruction

18
Lazelle Road W/Springboro to Sancus, South Old State Realignment, Flint Rd Lazelle to Curve
 Design

19
Riverview Drive, Olentany River Road to west termimus
 Construction

20
Hard Road Phase A, Sawmill to Smoky Row - R-O-W Acquisition


21
Richards Road Improvements
 Construction

22
 Henderson Road, Olentangy River Road to Kenny
 Construction
Bikeways
23
 Sullivant Corridor, East-West Connector
 Construction
Bikeways
24
James Road, Main to Livingston
 Design

25
 S. High Sidewalks, Highview to Williams
 Construction
Sidewalk
26
 Southgate Drive Sidewalks
 Construction
Sidewalk
27
Traffic Management Center Relocation
 Design

28
 Hague/Valleyview Sidewalks - R-O-W Acquisition

Pedestrian Safety Improvements
29
 North Broadway Sidewalk, north side only
 Construction
Pedestrian Safety Improvements
30
 Ferris Road Sidewalks, Karl to Minnie both
 Construction
Pedestrian Safety Improvements
31
 N. Hague Avenue Bikeways, Broad to railroad
 Construction
Bikeways
32
 Whitethorne Bikeways, Eakin to Broad
 Construction
Bikeways
33
Downtown Action Plan (within the innerbelt)
 Design and Construction

34
 Town Street Curb Extension - R-O-W Acquisition

Pedestrian Safety Improvements
35
 Franklinton sidewalks under railroad
 Construction
Pedestrian Safety Improvements
1
Fifth Avenue over Scioto River
 Design

2
James Road over Mason Run north of 7th
 Construction

3
North Broadway West under railroad east of Kenny Road
 Construction

4
Marland Drive over stream south of Meadowview Drive
 Construction

5
Somersworth Drive pedestrian walk over stream
 Construction

6
High Street over railroad north of Nationwide Blvd.
 Construction

7
Noe Bixby Road over stream south of Main Street
 Construction

8
Campus View Boulevard over Conrail east of High Street
 Construction

9
Cherry Creek Parkway over Scioto Big Run
 Construction

10
Groveport Road over C&O Railroad north of Williams Road
 Construction

11
Fifth Avenue under Conrail & Norfolk Southern Railroads
 Construction

12
Overbrook Drive over Adena Brook
 Construction

13
Watkins Road over Norfolk Southern Railroad
 Construction

14
Sherbrook Woods Court over Noble Run east of Karl Road
 Construction

15
Joyce Avenue over Norfolk Southern Railroad
 Construction

16
Sixpoint Court over stream west of I -71 south of park
 Construction

17
Sylvan Avenue over stream
 Construction

18
Refugee Road over Mason Run west of Hamilton Road
 Construction

19
Fifth Avenue over stream west of Yearling Road
 Construction

20
Hard Road under CSX Railroad
 Construction

21
Overbrook Drive over Adena Brook #3 east of High Street
 Construction

22
Courtright Road over Mason Run south of Livingston Avenue
 Construction

23
Shady Lane Road over Hamilton Miller
 Construction

24
Joyce Avenue over Conrail-CSX Norfolk Southern Railroads
Construction

25
Ole Country Lane over ditch
 Construction

26
High Street over Adena Brook
 Construction

27
Brentnell Boulevard over ditch
 Construction

28
Brice Road over Greenway Path
 Construction

29
Chadbyrne Drive over stream
 Construction


There's a lot planned. Also, it's my understanding that any time a road is resurfaced which has a bike facility which is called for by the Columbus Bicentennial Bikeways Plan, the city will attempt to install the bike facility. That's why Morse Road has a bike lane on it even though it doesn't really connect to anything right now. I bring this up because some areas of the map might be duplicative but there's a surprising amount of areas on the capital improvements which do not have a corresponding resurfacing project.

All of the little spot improvements will really help bicycling around the city. And all of the sidewalks will help walking around the city. And I will begrudgingly say that all of the road resurfacing will help driving around the city. Plus, there's a lot to be said about a city which has well-maintained roads.

Coolest YouTube-most-watched-video-with-Columbus-in-its-title link of the day (Not safe for work):

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