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SR 16/Cherry Valley Road Interchange

This project is intended to improve capacity, traffic flow, safety, and connections between local and state roads in the area of the SR 16 and Cherry Valley Road intersection in Licking County. 
February 7, 2017 Construction Update​

​Currently, the Cherry Valley Interchange has been open to traffic since November 22nd, 2016. The project will resume in the Spring of 2017 with Phase 4, which will include shifting of traffic on SR16 to allow for removal of concrete at the old intersection and removal of the bridge to the east of the new Interchange, where the ramp from N-G road to SR16 EB was closed.

After that work is complete, Phase 5 will include resurfacing of the entire project and bridge painting on the new structure over SR 16. Final seeding and grading operations will also take place in the spring. 

The project has approximately $5 million or 20% of the contract left to complete in the 2017 construction season.  
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June 15, 2016 Construction Update
Complete General Construction has completed embankment on the mainline of the new Thornwood Crossing and all ramps except Ramp B (WB off Ramp). Ramp B still has a remaining 20,000 CY to fill to place. Cement stabilization of the final graded ramps will begin this week. The bridge deck cure period is over and crews are working to strip off wood forms and falsedecking. The bridge crew is also working to form up approach slabs and parapet walls that run along each deck edge and down the center to separate bike and vehicle traffic. Widening of the median continues and asphalt will be placed in the median next week. Turn lane construction will begin on Newark-Granville Road next week and on Cherry Valley Road the following week. The current completion date is December 22, 2016, weather permitting.
June 7, 2016 Aerial Photos
These photos wer taken by the ODOT Aerial Engineering Department

August 13, 2015-Construction Begins

 Monday, August 13 construction on the Cherry Valley Interchange on SR 16 began. Minimal lane closures were required as crews set up barriers on either side of the road.  These barriers will help trucks access the project and protect the moving traffic from the work zone, allowing two lanes of traffic to remain for the duration of the project. 

The estimated completion date of this project is the fall of 2016.

Complete General Construction Company is the contractor for this project. 

July 31, 2015-Cherry Valley Groundbreaking Ceremony

State and local officials celebrated the start of the Cherry Valley Interchange project on Friday, July 31, 2015. Community members gathered near the construction site to show their support for the interchange. 




February 26, 2015-TRAC Approves Funding

On Thursday, February 26, 2015,  the Transportation Review Advisory Committee​ provided final funding approval for the project, granting the remaining $21 million needed to fund the $31.6 million project. The contract will be awarded in July 2015, and construction is anticipated to begin in late summer.
ODOT Preferred Design Alternative

Project Illustration
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Out of five alternatives, ODOT's preferred design will:
  • Close Cherry Valley Road on either side of the current intersection with 
    State Route 16.
  • Close the eastbound on-ramp from ​Newark-Granville Road to
    State Route 16 (on the west end of Newark).
  • Create a partial-clover leaf interchange and overpass approximately
    one-half mile east of the current intersection.
  • Construct a shared-use path that connects the Newark-Granville Road path
    to the T.J. Evans Trail.
  • Create a new intersection with Cherry Valley Road that will enhance access to Thornwood Drive and parts of Heath to the south. 
  • Have the greatest level of traffic service and the least impact on environment and right-of-way concerns compared to the other four design alternatives.



Area Study, April 2010

Environmental Studies Letter​

Public Meeting Presentation - November 2010

TRAC Presentation - October 2011

Project Fact Sheet
  Click here for more information on the Study's history, why the project is needed, and what's coming next.


  Click here for information about how each of the alternatives were evaluated.


General Note/Response to Public Comment​  

Newark Rotary Club Presentation - February 14


 Questions or Comments?



Elli Bartemes, Project Manager
ODOT District 5
9600 Jacksontown Road SE
Jacksontown, Ohio 43030​




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Initial Public Meeting:
  Fall 2010

Environmental Clearance, Preferred Alternative:
  July 2011

Final Design and Right-of-Way Acquisition:
  July 2013

Begin Construction:
  August 2015


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