Gov. John R. Kasich today unveiled a robust plan for improving Ohio’s transportation system that will allow the state to eliminate decades long delays on some 41 new construction projects. The Governor’s plan uses money from the Ohio Turnpike to help build many new projects in northern Ohio and will allow many other projects to proceed to construction much earlier than anticipated. Among the project’s getting Kasich’s green light is the 270-33 Interchange Improvement Project. ($93.8 million, 12-year delay eliminated)
The Governor’s recommendations await a vote by the state’s independent Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) which is slated for Thursday, July 25. The TRAC was established in 1997 to provide guidance to the state for reviewing and approving ODOT’s largest construction projects. Please see the release for more information.
Call to Action
We are seeking comments from our residents, corporate citizens and other 270-33 stakeholders that we can share through traditional and social media as a response to the Governor’s bold announcement. You have been very helpful to us during this long journey and we are hoping we can count on you again.
If you’re interested in voicing your support of the Governor’s recommendation and encouraging TRAC to approve the City of Dublin’s $48 million grant request, please comment on our social media platforms today at www.facebook.com/dublinohio or on www.twitter.com and use #dublinohio, #Ohio and #moreprojectsfaster. Or, post a quote that we can use on our website.
Support key messages:
- Acknowledgment of the Governor’s leadership and his vision for Ohio’s future
- Concurrence with the TRAC list
- Join the Governor in urging TRAC to approve the list of projects
270-33 Interchange Improvement key messages:
- Jobs – more than 47,000 jobs are located near the interchange today; 44,600 additional jobs are predicted here within the next 20 years
- Safety – Increased traffic and outdated interchange design add up to crashes, delays and an estimated financial loss of $16,196,000
- Efficient Logistics – The US 33 corridor is at the nexus of trade and goods movement in the United States. More than 18,800 trucks move through the 270-33 interchange daily.
- Unprecedented Public-Private Partnership
- Regional Cooperation – The City of Dublin, the City of Marysville, Union County, Washington Township, Columbus 2020 and the Columbus Partnership are working collaboratively. In addition community and business support has been unparalleled.
- Local Funding – The City of Dublin is investing $12.25 million and MORPC (Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission) has committed $15 million.
Here’s what community leaders are saying about this bold initiative.
- Marsha Grigsby, Dublin City Manager
- Ann Aquillo, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, The Scotts Company
- Michael Dalby, President & CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce
- Alex Fischer, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership
- Caroline Ramsey, Government Relations Manager, Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
- Shelley Bird, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Cardinal Health