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West Side Construction Enters Final Phase

COLUMBUS (Mike McCarthy/Kellie Hanna) -- The nearly half-year long construction project has widened a busy Columbus street.

But a lot more was at stake than just easing traffic trouble, west-side neighbors and business owners told ABC 6 and FOX 28.

Once they get it done, I think itll improve a whole lot, driver Jesse Thompson said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation began the final phase of improvements Monday on West Broad Street between Interstate 270 and Georgesville Road.

Workers have widened the road from four lanes to six lanes, and theyve also installed new shoulders, curbs, and medians.

The project also created sidewalks, as well as new traffic signals, lighting, and landscaping.

More than twenty property owners donated a portion of their land in order to expedite the project, Chris Haydocy, owner of Haydocy Automotive, said.

Haydocy helped convince the businesses to give up their property, and he has lead the effort to improve the area around Columbus' Hollywood Casino.

We want this area to be revitalized, and the way were going to do it is through a community effort through each and every business chipping in. Were not waiting for it to come to us, Haydocy said.

Resident Bill Sharon goes jogging down West Broad Street daily and calls the road changes encouraging, while acknowledging the areas challenges.

We still have a lot of vacant land, vacant buildings, he said. Thats our biggest problem.

West Broad Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between 8 a.m. and dusk for paving work.

During peak travel times, crews will try to accommodate motorists as best as they can, an ODOT spokesperson said, but delays are likely.

The roadwork should be completed October 28th, weather permitting.
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