Canal Winchester to start the next phase of Gender Road modernization in April

Work will go ahead in April on the next phase of upgrading the busy Gender Road Corridor.

At its March 1 meeting, the Winchester Canal City Council unanimously approved a contract for $ 868,486 with Shelly and Sands Inc. for construction costs related to the fifth phase of the project.

Other bidding companies include Strawser Paving Co. ($ 894,482), Complete General Construction Co. ($ 934,019), Columbus Asphalt Paving Inc. ($ 939,424) and Decker Construction Co. ($ 955,950).

Grants and loans from the Ohio Public Works Commission will fund 83% of the costs, said city finance director Amanda Jackson. The city will receive $ 250,000 in grants. The remainder will be paid with a 20-year 0% interest loan.

Improvements to Gender Road from Canal Street to Winchester Boulevard include:

• A new traffic light at the Canal Street intersection

• New public lighting

• Relocation of existing cycle paths adjacent to Gender Road traffic lanes northbound

• Added a right turn lane northbound from Gender Road to Bigerton Bend

• Addition of a northbound right turn lane between Gender Road and Winchester Boulevard

Bill Sims, the city’s building services administrator, said traffic in all directions on Gender Road, Winchester Boulevard, Canal Street and Bigerton Bend will be affected during construction, which is expected to be completed in October.

Bike lanes will be closed for a “significant portion of construction,” according to the city’s website,, which details the project.

“This was the last intersection that required upgrading the traffic lights from the old span cable to the decorative mast arms,” Sims said.

The city is already preparing plans for the sixth phase of the project, which would focus mainly on the US 33 interchange; it will include a dedicated right turn lane from Gender Road northbound to US 33 eastbound and a pedestrian lane across the bridge, Sims said.

McGill Park Update

The city expects to solicit bids to build a trail from McGill Park to an area along Walnut Creek, Washington Street and the Bergstresser Covered Bridge now that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released funding, has Utilities Director Matt Peoples told City Council March 1.

Last year, the city was told by the state that it would receive a $ 450,000 grant from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund for the connection trail. The city expects to spend around $ 900,000 to build the trail and then be reimbursed 50% of the cost through the grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The trail will be nearly a mile long and 10 feet wide, with new bridges at Washington Street and Ashbrook Road, leading from the Washington Street and Ashbrook Road Covered Bridge to McGill Park.

Winchester Canal purchased 90 acres along Lithopolis-Winchester Road in 2017 to build a three-phase multi-use park, costing over $ 6 million.

Much of what is planned for the estimated $ 2.2 million first phase of the project, including the construction of a main access driveway, four soccer fields, a three-season hut and d ‘a natural playground, should be completed by the end of this year, Mayor Mike Ebert said.

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