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Fourth Street Infrastructure Project


Click here for current closure map. (updated 10/15/2020)

The first phase of the Fourth Street Infrastructure Project began on Wednesday,  June 3rd, 2020.
Phase 1 closed South 4th Street, from West Harrison Street to West National Drive, and West National Drive at the South 4th Street intersection.
This closure is expected to last throught Spring 2021.
Pedestrian routes will be maintained. All dates are subject to change.
For daily/weekly construction updates, visit our Facebook page: City of Newark Ohio Construction Updates.

Additional closures related to this project:

  • Walnut Street, between South 4th and South 3rd Streets
  • West Railroad Street, between South 4th and South 3rd Streets
  • West Harrison Street, between South 4th and South 5th Streets



This project is part of the City’s Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP) which is a federal mandate to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO’s) into our waterways. Combined sewers are individual lines that carry both sanitary sewage and storm water in the same pipe. CSO’s occur during heavy rainfall events in which the wastewater treatment plant cannot handle heavier flows so the combined sewage is discharged into the waterways. In addition, the existing combined sewer lines are made of brick, are very old, and are deteriorating in several locations.

WHERE IS THE PROJECT? (click here for map)

  • South Fork of the Licking River to West National Drive
  • West National Drive, approximately 200 feet east and west of South 4th Street
  • South 4th Street from West National Drive to West Main Street
  • North 4th Street from West Main Street to West Locust Street
  • West Locust Street from North 4th Street to North 5th Street
  • Granville Street from North 5th Street to SR 16 overpass


The older combined sewer pipes will be separated into newer lines carrying stormwater in one pipe and sanitary sewer in the other pipe. In addition, all waterlines will be replaced. Some green infrastructure will be part of the project near the downtown area as well (click here for green infrastructure (GI) maps). Similar to the downtown square project, this project will provide the opportunity to improve upon the existing roadway network since the pavement and sidewalks will be demolished to install the underground infrastructure.

The goal of the transportation improvements is to reduce crashes within the project area approximately 30% and provide a more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly environment. The following improvements are expected to help achieve that goal:

S. 4th St. South of Railroad Tracks (Click here for map)

  • Two-Way Left Turn Lane on S. 4th St. from W. National Dr. to W. Harrison St.
  • Eliminate On-Street Parking on S. 4th St. from W. National Dr. to W. Market St.
  • Bike Path on East Side of S. 4th St. from W. National Dr. to W. Main St.
  • Eliminate Stairs on East Side of S. 4th St. under the Railroad Tracks and at Walnut St.

S. 4th St. North of Railroad Tracks and N. 4th St. (Click here for map)

  • Two-Way Left Turn Lane on S. 4th St. from Walnut St. to W. Main St.
  • Enhanced Pedestrian Crossing on S. 4th St. at W. Market St.
  • Single-Lane Roundabout at N. 4th Street and W. Main St. (Click here for Intersection Safety Study)
  • Move Bike Route from N. 4th St. to W. Church St. and N. 1st St.
  • Median on N. 4th St. between W. Main St. and W. Church St.
  • Single-Lane Roundabout at N. 4th St. and W. Church St.
  • Bike Racks, Benches, and Trash Receptacles

W. Locust St. and Granville St (Click here for map)

  • Single-Lane Mini-Roundabout at 5-Points Intersection
    (W. Locust St./N. 5th St./Granville St.)
     (Click for map)
  • Convert One-Way Traffic to Two-Way Traffic on W. Locust St. from N. 5th St. to N. 6th St.
  • Two-Way Left Turn Lane on Granville St. from N. 5th St. to N. 7th St.
  • Enhanced Pedestrian Crossing on Granville St. at N. 6th St.
  • Remove Unwarranted Traffic Signal at Granville St. and N. 6th St.
  • Prohibit Left Turns from N. 6th St. to Granville St. (Use Mini-Roundabout at 5-Points)

All Areas

  • Eliminate Redundant Access Points
  • Decorative LED Street Lighting
  • Reconstruct Roadway Pavement, Curbs, and Sidewalks


  • Construction is expected to begin in the early part of calendar year 2020.
  • Construction is expected to end in the fall of calendar year 2023.
  • The project will be constructed in phases which have not yet been finalized. We are currently anticipating the following potential phasing:
  • Phase 1 – S. 4th St. from W. National Dr. to the Railroad Overpass – Early 2020 to Fall 2020
  • Phase 2 – S. 4th St. from Railroad Overpass through W. Main St. – Fall 2020 to Fall 2021
  • Phase 3 – N. 4th St. from W. Main St. to W. Locust St. and W. Locust St. from N. 4th St. through N. 5th St. – Fall 2021 to Fall 2022
  • Phase 4 – Granville St. from N. 5th St. to SR 16 overpass – Fall 2022 to Fall 2023



  • TOTAL ESTIMATED COST = $28 Million
  • To be funded by Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Development, and Revenue Bonds.