By Nathan Pilling
BEAVERCREEK — A $2.4 million road widening project on Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek is expected to be completed in June, according to city officials.
According to Beavercreek City Manager Mike Cornell, “significant progress” on the project, which is now underway, is expected to take place in May.
According to City Engineer Jeff Moorman, the project will add a center turn lane to the north and south traffic lanes on Grange Hall Road, as well as on-street bicycle lanes and a sidepath along the east side of the road, all between Kemp Road and Gardenview Drive.
“It’s a very heavily traveled corridor,” Moorman said. “It provides a good access point for commuters going to and from the Air Force base, Wright State University and the major commercial office centers along Pentagon Boulevard.”
Moorman said the addition of the turn lane addresses traffic flow and safety issues on the busy road.
“With the two-lane pavement section, the problem you have is, if you get one person who stops and wants to make a left-hand turn, they’re blocking all the traffic behind them until they can get a gap in traffic,” he said. “It’s also a safety issue where you get somebody unexpectedly stopping in a through lane, then a lot of times you’ll see a lot of rear-end type collisions.”
Moorman called June a “very realistic” goal for the completion of the project.
The project is partially being funded through a $1.4 million grant from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.
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