Granville City Council has given the go-ahead for a collaboration agreement with the City of Newark for a new bridge at Thornwood Crossing to replace an existing bridge on Cherry Valley Road.

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Funding for the project actually comes from Newark, but a small portion of the affected land, which Michelle Lerner, a Granville Council member, referred to as a “splinter,” falls within the boundaries of the Village of Granville and Granville Schools.

According to village manager Herb Koehler, who shared an ODOT rendering of the so-called Newark preference alternative on April 7, Thornwood, currently coming to a T-junction, would head further south over a new bridge over Raccoon Creek. then continue into a new roundabout.

Koehler said the proposed roundabout would “divert traffic on this side of Newark in three different directions.”

He also said the roundabout “is designed to make throughput more efficient and safer across the region.”

While there may be some development opportunities associated with the project, according to official information, the overall aim of the new bridge and roundabout is to reduce and improve traffic congestion.

The long-planned project is still in the final stages and the “preferred alternative” it has been stated may not be the end result. Granville village planner Deb Walker-Yost said of the Newark-run project, “You have a long way to go.”

Koehler and Yost said what is planned as a two-year construction project is currently set to begin in 2023.

Village Law Director Bill Mattes confirmed that the City of Newark will pay for the entire project and be responsible for maintaining the resulting road.

“They came to us after they passed laws to say, ‘We’re ready to do this to improve our side of the road, but we need your approval,” Mattes said Maintenance and permanent improvement. “

Koehler added that following a recently controversial planned River Road development in front of Newark Council that could have had a profound impact on enrollment in the Granville School, “a dialogue now exists between the leaders of the two communities that is now free and.” being open as to where it’s taking place wasn’t quite like it was before … This is just added goodwill with them as we move forward in dialogue on this whole part of our adjacent border. “

Koehler said that if construction begins at any point, it will lead to the cycle path being closed for a certain period of time.

Yost also noted that the finished project will leave the existing and historic showman Arch Bridge intact.