A long-awaited project to improve Westenedge Drive between US 31 and Rocky Ford Road is about to begin on the north side of Columbus. Bids will be opened April 3 for the Federally funded project, with construction expected to begin in May. The project should be completed by the end of 2019.
Design work on the project began in 2007 but was halted when neighbors along the north side street feared increased traffic and higher speeds on their residential neighborhood street.
In 2016, REACH Healthy Communities, the City of Columbus and the neighbors reconsidered the project. The parties agreed that the project could move forward if designed to meet the following criteria:
- All improvements must be contained within the existing right-of-way (50 feet). No new right-of-way would be acquired.
- Design the road improvements to keep speed on Westenedge Drive low (within 30 mph)
- Incorporate traffic calming features where appropriate to help reduce vehicular speeds.
- Accommodate vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic and make accessible for all users.
- Design improvements to protect the integrity of the neighborhood
- Design improvements should address drainage and water quality.
The current project includes:
- 5’ wide sidewalk on the west side of the street.
- 8’ wide side path on the east side of the street.
- Custom storm water collection and absorption system.
- Traffic calming features to reduce speeds.
- Utility improvements, including water and sewer service improvements.
The City is also considering future improvements to the section of Westenedge Drive from Rocky Ford Road to Parkside Drive. Some preliminary design work has been done and the proposed improvements were discussed with residents in 2017 at a public meeting. Construction on this project has not yet been scheduled.
For additional information and future project updates, visit columbus.in.gov/engineering.