The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) approved a resolution to provide additional funding for upgrades to the I-270/US 33 northwest interchange. Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Dublin, and MORPC initiated an effort to find new funding and revise design options to expedite one of the region’s top three highway priorities in a significant regional job growth corridor. Following discussion with Dublin and MORPC, ODOT requested additional funding from MORPC for the I-270/US 33 interchange. MORPC had previously committed $7 million to the project. Today’s resolution increased MORPC’s commitment by $18 million for a total of $25 million to be allocated over a 20-year period from MORPC’s annual federal funds.
The I-270/US 33 Interchange project is ranked in the top 20 by ODOT for freeway crashes and exceeds its design capacity by more than 100 percent. It serves approximately 90,000 vehicles per day of which at least 20 percent are heavy trucks. The project will improve operations and increase the capacity of the interchange and the segment of US 33 between Avery Road and I-270. This will be accomplished by replacing the loop ramps in the northwest and southeast quadrants of the interchange with directional ramps. Additional lanes are also to be added to US 33 in both directions between Avery Road and I-270.
Along with improving safety, upgrading this interchange re-invests in the retention, expansion, attraction and creation of jobs and more efficiently serves the expanding movement of goods and trade for the economies of Ohio, Michigan and Canada. I-270/US33 is among the top ten business highway corridors in Central Ohio. This jobs corridor, which includes major employers such as Honda, connects the Columbus metropolitan area to the Detroit/Windsor border crossing, facilitating the $30 billion in bilateral trade between the U.S. and Canada.
“We are certainly pleased with MORPC’s commitment for a project that supports Ohio’s economy, fosters economic development, and provides a safer and more efficient travel option for the public through this vital corridor on the northwest side of Franklin County,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “Their investment highlights a priority project and sets an example others in the state could follow when working to collaborate on unique funding plans that allow our partners to put some skin in the game and help ODOT get major construction projects completed much sooner.”
“Improvements to the interchange offer a variety of economic benefits for the Columbus Region,” said Kenny McDonald, Chief Economic Officer of Columbus 2020. “Located at one of our top ten business corridors, the interchange will increase the Region’s market access, which already reaches half of the U.S. market within a day’s drive.”
“MORPC’s action today will help our region attract an estimated 44,600 new jobs and $2.8 billion in private investment,” said Marsha Grigsby, Dublin City Manager. “We appreciate MORPC’s leadership in funding infrastructure investments that preserve our competitive edge in logistics, and will keep our economy thriving and growing into the future.”
The total cost of the project is estimated at $92 million. Along with MORPC’s commitment of up to $25 million, up to $17 million is expected from the city of Dublin with additional funds being sought from ODOT and the Federal Highway Administration.
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