State Street Project Phase 2B to Begin

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission is moving ahead with the next phase of the State Street Revitalization Project estimated to cost $1,745,000.  Under Phase 2B, the project will encompass developing the north side of  3rd Street from Central Avenue to California Street, and then going north on California Street to 5th Street in a continuing effort to connect the east side of Columbus to the downtown.  A 10-foot-wide multi-use trail will be added at the back of the 3rd Street curb, in addition to pedestrian lighting, a 2-foot-wide brick shy zone-similar to what is already on State Street-and a brick gateway node at 3rd Street and California Street.

The City has already completed Phase 1 of the State Street project, completing renovation of the State Street bridge in 2017.  Phase 2A of the project, a trail extension down State Street from McKinley Avenue to Indiana Avenue with an 8-foot-wide multi-use trail, was completed last year.  From McKinley Avenue to Mapleton Avenue, dancing “C” panels were added representing the area’s industrial heritage.  See more about Phase 1 and 2A under Redevelopment Past Projects.

United Consulting presented the plan, project schedule, and projected costs at the 11/19/2018 Columbus Redevelopment Commission meeting and requested funding at the 12/17/2018 meeting, which was approved.   City Council approved funding at the 1/15/2019 meeting and it went to Board of Works on 1/22/2019.  Bids were opened at the 2/19 BOW meeting. The project is projected to begin late spring and continue through the summer to avoid disrupting school traffic as much as possible. Plans are to close California during construction. Total project cost is $1,745,000. A coordination meeting occurred on 1/23 between Duke, St. Peter’s, and the City regarding the electric line burial.