Cherry Valley Interchange Receives Preliminary Approval
Project proposal to enter 30-day public comment phase before final funding decision
Jacksontown, Ohio (Thursday, December 18, 2014) – Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) today gave preliminary approval to fund the construction of a new interchange at State Route 16 and Cherry Valley Road in Licking County.
The project aims to increase capacity, improve safety, and enhance a vital link between state and local roadways. ODOT’s preferred design will close Cherry Valley Road on both sides of its current intersection with SR 16 and construct an interchange approximately one-half mile to the east, connecting SR 16 with Newark-Granville Road to the north and Cherry Valley Road to the south. ODOT is asking the TRAC for the remaining $21 million needed to fund the $31.6 million project.
The project proposal now moves into a 30-day public comment period before the TRAC makes its final decisions.
Ohio State Representative Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) applauded the project’s advancement by TRAC. “This is a long awaited announcement that is very important to the motorists, businesses, the Licking County community and to all who pass by the Cherry Valley interchange on Route 16," said Hottinger. “The hard work of many transportation and economic development professionals has taken the next big step in improving the safety and travel efficiencies of this important east-west corridor. And the funding and eventual completion of this project will reap great benefits to our community and it’s motorists.”
U.S. Congressmen Pat Tiberi (R) also responded to the announcement. “This is great news for Licking County residents and it’s thanks to the commitment and dedication of Licking County officials that the project is moving forward,” said Congressman Tiberi. “It’s been a long time coming and I’ve been happy to support their efforts. I certainly appreciate the backing of TRAC. Improving this intersection will make the area safer for drivers and ease travel along the entire corridor, encouraging further economic development.”
The public comment period Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Written public comments may be submitted here, or sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the Ohio Department of Transportation, C/O Jim Gates, 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223.
The nine-member TRAC was established by the Ohio Revised Code in 1997 and provides guidance for developing a project selection process for ODOT’s largest investments of more than $12 million.
A complete list of all projects TRAC approved for construction throughout the state in the coming years is located here.
For additional information, please contact:
Ericka Pfeifer, Public Information Officer, at (740) 323-5204
or email D05.PIO@dot.state.oh.us