(DUBLIN, Ohio USA) – The City of Dublin applauds today’s action by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Policy Committee to approve $7 million in federal funds for construction of the I-270/US 33 interchange.
Replacing the first phase of the interchange is expected to cost at least $45 million and get underway by 2017.
“MORPC’s action takes us a leap closer to improving safety and protecting the $1.2 billion in current activity that flows through and around that interchange,” said Marsha Grigsby, Dublin city manager. “This will keep goods flowing smoothly through a critical gateway to Franklin and Union counties, and help the region secure an additional 32,000 jobs when the interchange is fully replaced.”
Designed in the 1960’s, the 40-year old “failing” interchange is one of the top 20 freeway crash locations in the state, according to Jeannie Willis, City of Dublin engineering manager – Transportation. Willis has been working closely with MORPC and the Ohio Department of Transportation to develop an engineering solution that will eliminate back-ups and un-safe merging between lanes.
“MORPC and ODOT have been great partners in moving this project forward,” Willis said. Our residents and businesses will appreciate that this $7 million gets us closer to construction.
In the last six months residents and businesses located in Dublin, Columbus, Marysville and Union County have sent more than 290 emails and 55 letters to MORPC in support of replacing the interchange.
See http://27033interchange.org/your-story/ for interviews with local Dublin leaders and residents regarding the need to replace the I-270/US 33 interchange.
About the City of Dublin, Ohio USA
Dublin, Ohio, the city that’s “greener,” offers residents and corporate citizens responsive government services, attractive housing, superior public education, direct regional highway access, abundant park space and a dynamic community life. Located just minutes from Ohio’s capital city of Columbus, Dublin is a desirable place for business, raising a family or enjoying professional sporting events and renowned attractions.