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Columbus leaders break ground on Hudson Street reconstruction

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A mockup shows reconstruction plans for Hudson Street. Columbus city leaders formally broke ground on the project Tuesday.

Columbus city leaders formally broke ground Tuesday on a $19 million project to rebuild Hudson Street between I-71 and Cleveland Avenue.

Mayor Andrew Ginther joined other city and neighborhood leaders to talk about the project to improve infrastructure in the One Linden Community Plan.

The effort is aimed at improving transportation and creating better and safer access to jobs, education, transit and other services.

"Hudson is part of Linden's history and identity, lined with houses, local businesses, churches. It serves as an important east west corridor that unifies north and south Linden, and connects Linden to adjacent areas of the city," Ginther said.

Construction began earlier this month to replace a century-old water line.

Crews will also install new storm sewers and trees, as well as traffic signals and street lights to improve safety.

Plans call for a new sidewalk along Hudson's north side and a shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists on the south side.

Columbus City Council member Nick Bankston said Hudson Street serves as a gateway to Linden.

"This $19 million investment is a real opportunity for us to continue our commitments to creating community right here in Columbus by connecting our neighbors and neighborhoods across the region one mile at a time," Bankston said.

The project will be finished in phases, with completion expected in the summer of 2024.

Matthew Rand is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. Rand served as an interim producer during the pandemic for WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher.