By Dustin Ensinger
An Orange Township roadway is set for a major upgrade.
The Delaware County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution setting the plans for the extension of Green Meadows Drive.
The $1.4 million project was part of an agreement between American Electric Power (AEP) and the Ohio Siting Board, which approved an AEP substation at Orange Point Commerce Park in 2000 on the condition that the road improvements were made.
“It’s a project that’s been a long time coming,” said Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman.
AEP will pay for the engineering of the project and the cost of construction. However, the county will be in charge of the extension.
The project calls for the roadway to be extended half a mile north and to intersect with Orangepointe Drive.
Bridge Improvement Projects
The commissioners unanimously approved two bridge replacement projects, one on Bowtown Road and the other on Meredith Road.
The bridges are the only two in the counties inventory that have reduced limits.
“Our bridge inspections this spring revealed deterioration in two bridges that required us to post a reduced load limit,” Bauserman said.
Earlier this year, Delaware was one of the few counties in the state that can boast of having no bridges that are closed or restricted to loads less than the legal limit.
Just 16 of the county’s 377 bridges – less than 4 percent – were considered deficient, and none to the point that access needed to be restricted.
In 1998, 130 county bridges – nearly 40 percent of its inventory – were considered deficient.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.