DELAWARE – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 6 invites the public to participate in virtual meetings about a new study of U.S. Route 23 in Delaware County and the surrounding areas. This study, led by ODOT and partners at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG), will determine the feasibility of creating a free-flow connection between Columbus and Toledo.
The Route 23 Connect Study will evaluate options for improvements to U.S. 23 between Waldo in Marion County and Interstate 270 in Franklin County, which routinely experiences bottlenecks, congestion, and unreliable travel times. With some sections of U.S. 23 already over-capacity, traffic volumes through Delaware County are expected to increase as the region continues to grow.
In addition to serving area residents, U.S. 23 is one of our state’s most important freight corridors, connecting Central Ohio with Toledo and our trade partners in Michigan and Canada. Of the 30,000 vehicles that travel U.S. 23 north of Delaware each day, nearly 1 in every 7 vehicles is a semi-truck. The amount of traffic increases in Franklin County at nearly 80,000 vehicles per day at the I-270 interchange. Along with evaluating the existing route, the study will consider new routes to the east or west of U.S. 23, which would avoid the nearly 40 traffic signals along this stretch.
The virtual public meetings to learn more about the needs for the corridor and purpose of the study will be held next month and can be attended by joining online at publicinput.com/23connect or by phone at 1-855-925-2801 with meeting code 4637.
Due to the large geographic area and population affected by U.S. 23, the study area has been divided into smaller groups. The same information will be presented at each meeting, so if someone cannot attend their community’s meeting, they may attend any meeting that fits their schedule.
Northwest Communities (A)
Wednesday, July 7 – 12:00 PM
Northeast Communities (B)
Wednesday, July 7 – 5:00 PM
Central Communities (C)
Tuesday, July 13 – 12:00 PM
Southwest Communities (D)
Tuesday, July 13 – 5:00 PM
South Communities (E)
Wednesday, July 14 – 12:00 PM
Southeast Communities (F)
Wednesday, July 14 – 5:00 PM
Ahead of these meetings, ODOT is conducting an online survey to gain a better understanding of the public’s perspective. Area drivers and residents are asked to take the survey at publicinput.com/23connect.
Individuals who require interpretation services or a reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting or who wish to request a paper copy of the survey or project materials should contact Anthony Turowski, project manager, at (740) 833-8186 prior to June 30, 2021. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Public comments may be submitted at transportation.ohio.gov/23connect or directed to Anthony Turowski. While there will be many opportunities to provide feedback throughout this study, comments following these meetings should be received by August 16, 2021.