ODOT and Partners celebrate proposed new Grove City Interchange
Economic boost, jobs and safety improvements highlight corridor
Grove City (Friday, October 22, 2010) – Ohio workers joined the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), local, state and federal officials in Grove City to mark the start of construction of a new interchange at Interstate 71 and State Route 665.
Once complete, the interchange will be able to safely and more efficiently accommodate more vehicles, many of them tractor trailers through this southern Franklin County corridor. The result is better transportation of goods to markets all over the Midwest.
The interchange will be reconstructed over two years and replaced with a Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) similar to the interchange at Sawmill Road and I-270. SR 665 will be widened from North Meadows Drive to Gateway West Drive.
“This is a great day for central Ohio and Grove City. We thank all of the stakeholders and supporters who have helped to make this day possible. The interchange will serve as the southern gateway to Grove City and all of central Ohio, plus improve access to Rickenbacker. The completed project will significantly impact economic development, job creation and logistics opportunities for the entire region,” stated Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage.
Funding for the $22 million interchange comes from ODOT, the Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Public Works Commission, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, federal earmarks, and Grove City.
The reconstruction of the interchange is the third and final phase of construction to improve the corridor. In 2007, SR 665 was widened from North Meadows Drive to Hoover Road, and last year, Haughn Road was relocated to connect to Gateway West Drive.
“Transportation plays a key role in how we keep Ohio a leading player in the national and global economy,” said Jolene M. Molitoris, ODOT Director. “So to create jobs in Ohio and rebuild our economy from the ground up, Governor Strickland has made the largest commitment in our state’s history to improving Ohio’s transportation system.”
The new I-71/SR 665 Interchange is expected to be complete December 2012.