Route 23 Connect
A Preliminary Feasibility Study was conducted to determine the feasibility of creating a fully free-flowing connection between the Columbus and Toledo regions. The study centered around the portion of U.S. 23 between Waldo and I-270, which is the only portion of the I-75/U.S. 23/SR 15 corridor with traffic volumes exceeding roadway capacity. The study area includes nearly 40 traffic signals, the only signals between I-270 and Toledo.
Seven concepts were developed and analyzed in this study, including a no-build option, upgrading the existing U.S. 23 corridor to free-flow, two new freeway connections to U.S. 33 to the west, and three new freeway connections to I-71 to the east. Each concept was evaluated using a variety of metrics to analyze travel times, safety benefits, community impacts, environmental impacts, and cost.
May 2022 Update:
After comparison of the expected benefits and costs for each concept, we have determined none of the concepts as presented in the study can be reasonably implemented in the immediate future. Therefore, none of the study concepts previously presented will be advanced. Instead, ODOT will begin developing an action plan to identify a series of future, stand-alone improvement projects along the existing U.S. 23 corridor between Waldo and I-270.
Public feedback has shown that improvements to safety and congestion is a top priority for many who live and travel along the existing route. Additionally, the study clearly indicated that improvements to the U.S. 23 corridor would positively affect tens of thousands of drivers daily. Therefore, this plan for future projects will leverage much of the data, public feedback, and findings from the study.
In the coming months, ODOT will reach out to stakeholders to discuss transportation concerns and priorities along the existing U.S. 23 corridor in more detail. Through this shift in focus, we will prioritize the needs of the existing U.S. 23 corridor and develop individual projects, providing drivers with real benefits sooner rather than later. Moving forward, we will continue to engage the public to get your input and ideas for how to solve some of these problems
An Executive Summary of the Preliminary Feasibility Study can be found here.
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