MORPC proposes $13.3 million to widen The Point area


Staff report



The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission released a proposed list of new transportation projects to receive more than $82 million in federal funds from State Fiscal Years 2017 to 2023.

MORPC is seeking public comment on the proposed projects through Jan. 3.

The proposed projects include a $13.3 million “major widening” of U.S. Route 36/State Route 37 from Foley Street to state Route 521, which includes The Point and $2.5 million upgrades of the city’s signal system.

MORPC will consider final approval of the funding commitments on March 9 and subsequently will be incorporated into the Transportation Improvement Program for SFYs 2018-2021. The TIP is a financially balanced listing of federal, state and locally funded projects that are scheduled for some phase of implementation or development in a four-year time period.

Here are the following 14 projects proposed for a new funding commitment:

• E Broad St from E of I-270 to Outerbelt, Major Widening – $8.7 million

• US 36/SR 37 from Foley St to SR 521, Major Widening – $13.3 million

• Cassady Avenue from north of the Bexley corporation limit to N of E 7th Ave, Minor Widening – $7.2 million

• City of Delaware Signal System Upgrade, Signalization – $2.5 million

• Broad St at Hamilton Rd, Intersection Modification – $6.4 million

• Africa Road from Lewis Center Road to Cheshire Road, Resurfacing – $3.4 million

• Red Bank Road from Smothers Road to Gorsuch Road, Resurfacing – $0.85 million

• Agler Road over Alum Creek, Bridge Replacement – $2.3 million

• Trabue Rd over Scioto River, Bridge Deck Replacement – $2.4 million

• Winchester Pike over Georges Creek, Bridge Replacement – $1.2 million

• Sawmill Pkwy from Seldom Seen Road to Home Road, Resurfacing – $1.3 million

• Fishinger Rd from Riverside Drive to Tremont Road, Reconstruction – $3.8 million

• CoGo Bike Share Regional Pilot Project, Bike Sharing – $1.0 million

• Souder Avenue from West Broad Street to Dublin Road, Multi-Use Path – $2.8 million

The following 4 projects are proposed for a significantly increased funding commitment:

• N Hamilton Rd from Morse to Preserve, Major Widening – $12.1 million increase

• Polaris Pkwy from I-71 to Olde Worthington Road, Major Widening – $5.5 million increase

• Worthington-Galena Road from Wilson Bridge/Huntley Roads to Sancus Blvd., Major Widening – $4.8 million increase

· Hilliard-Rome Rd at Feder Rd/Fisher Road, Intersection Modification – $2.5 million increase

Every two years, MORPC solicits projects to receive federal transportation funding of its transportation planning area – Franklin and Delaware counties, and a portion of Fairfield, Licking and Union counties. Examples of the types of transportation improvements eligible for funding include highways, public transit, bikeways, pedestrian facilities, bridges and traffic signal upgrades.

MORPC’s Attributable Funding Committee is proposing to recommend funding for 36 projects and programs to which MORPC had previously committed funds, while 14 new projects were proposed for funding. A total of over $239 million in future funding commitments is being proposed.

Copies of the draft listing are available by calling MORPC at 614-228-2663 or can be viewed online at www.morpc.org/transfunding.

Please submit comments or questions in writing to Thea Walsh, Director of Transportation Systems and Funding, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio, 43215 by 5 p.m. Jan. 3 or submit via email at tip@morpc.org.

Staff report