Major improvements are planned for Hamilton Road between Interstate 70 and Refugee Road.
Construction, which could start as early as next year, calls for adding a shared-use path on the west side of the road, sidewalks on the east side, upgrades to traffic signals and mast arms as well as improvements to storm-water infrastructure and roadway access management.
An additional southbound lane will be added between Groves Road and Kimberly Parkway.
"The city of Columbus believes this project will bring much-needed infrastructure enhancements to this part of our city and will help reduce traffic congestion, upgrade pedestrian and bicycle facilities and improve safety," said Jeff Ortega, spokesman for the Columbus Public Service Department.
The project is in the planning stages.
Columbus, the Ohio Department of Transportation and consulting firm MS Consultants Inc. will be host to an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the city's fleet-management division, 4211 Groves Road.
Residents and business owners can submit written comments until Feb. 20 to city of Columbus design project manager Carl Walters at 50 W. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio, 43215; or email him directly at CLWalters@Columbus.gov.
Total cost of the project, to be funded by Columbus, the state and Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, is $20.2 million -- $2.2 million for design, $2 million for right-of-way acquisition and $16 million for construction, which is not expected to begin until 2018 at the earliest.
It will take about a year to complete.
"Some of this will be dependent upon, at the time, the funding that's available," Ortega said.
"We're planning on it being available."
Ava Johnson, chairwoman of the Greater South East Area Commission and a member of the Eastland Mall/South Hamilton Task Force, said the improvements could be an important piece in the redevelopment of the older neighborhood, which has experienced economic challenges in recent years.
On Jan. 5, Macy's Inc. officials announced the company planned to close its store at Eastland mall by the end of the year.
"We're very excited about any attention we're going to get in that area," Johnson said.