McKinley Avenue to Reopen to Two-Way Traffic
$13.7 million Improvements Nearly Complete in Franklinton
Flood-prone McKinley Avenue, between Souder and Central avenues, is scheduled to re-open to westbound traffic now that major drainage and roadway improvements are nearly complete.
The City spent $13.7 million to install new storm sewers on McKinley, widen the road from two lanes to three and reconstruct several nearby streets.
“McKinley is one of the most productive employment districts in the urban core,” Mayor Michael B. Coleman said. “These improvements will help businesses retain jobs and grow.”
Besides improving McKinley, the City also addressed drainage problems on Hartford Avenue and John Street. Hartford also was reconstructed to a curbed street from McKinley and John, and John was reconstructed to a curbed street.
“We are extremely pleased with the improvement and grateful for the City’s support in pushing this project through,” said Steel Hutchinson, president of CSF Chemicals and the McKinley Avenue Employers Association. “We expect to see improved traffic flow and better handling of storm-water run off, which will make it safer for the large trucks and buses that travel McKinley daily.”
The Ohio Public Works Commission contributed $2.3 million to the project. The balance was financed with voted bond funds. Work on the project started in August 2006.