After months of construction and years of planning, the City of Columbus is pleased to announce that Westenedge Drive from US 31 to Rocky Ford Road is expected to reopen on or around November 30, subject to weather.
The redesigned Westenedge Drive will feature a 5 foot sidewalk on the west side of the street, an 8 foot wide side path on the east side of the street, custom storm water collection and absorption system, traffic calming features to reduce driver speeds, utility improvements to include water and sewer service improvements and new streetlighting. Construction has been handled by Milestone Contractors LP, who submitted the low bid of $1,752,840 for the federally funded project.
Prior to construction, the street carried approximately 2,400 vehicles per day, as well as many pedestrians. This included many students, who were travelling to or from the five schools connected to neighborhoods by Westenedge Drive.
This project has long been in the works by the City. In 2007, design work began on the project but was halted when neighbors along the north side of the street feared increased traffic and higher speeds on residential neighborhood streets adjacent to Westenedge Drive. The project received new life in 2016, when the City of Columbus and neighbors, along with REACH Healthy Communities, agreed to several criteria to resume the project. These included the following:
- All improvements must be contained within the existing right-of-way (50 feet). No new right-of-way may be acquired.
- Design must keep speed on Westenedge Drive within the existing 30 mph speed limit.
- Traffic calming features should be incorporated where appropriate to reduce vehicular speeds.
- The street should be accessible to all users, including vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
- Drainage and water quality issues along the road needed to be addressed in the final design.
- The design must maintain the integrity of the neighborhood.
Future improvements to Westenedge Drive may include the section from Rocky Ford Road to Parkside Drive. Some preliminary design work has been completed and proposed improvements were discussed with residents at a 2017 public meeting. Further public meetings are being planned. Construction for this project has not been scheduled.
Learn more about the Westenedge Drive Project