Department Halts Development Of Waverly Connector
For the last 10 years, ODOT and the village of Waverly have been studying and working toward the possible relocation of state Route 220 around the village by constructing a two-lane roadway connecting U.S. Route 23 south of Waverly to the existing S.R. 220, west of Waverly. During this time, ODOT completed the environmental, traffic and safety studies needed for project development, and the department developed preliminary construction plans.
Seeking a written commitment to the Waverly Connector project, ODOT representatives sent a letter to Waverly’s administration in May 2016 specifically requesting documentation of the Local Match funding that is required of the village to further the project. In July, the village’s administration responded that it could not secure the funds and requested that the project be removed from consideration.
In light of their response, which indicated that the local share of the construction costs would create a debt burden on the village, ODOT agrees with the administration that to advance the project would be detrimental to the administration’s overall charge to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the village’s citizenry. Therefore, ODOT has discontinued project development and is no longer pursuing construction of the Waverly Connector. Motorists, however, can continue using the existing local roadway, S.R. 220 (North Street), in Waverly.
Anyone with questions concerning the project or seeking additional information may contact David Beekman, ODOT Project Manager, at 740-774-8852 or email@example.com.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834 toll free and in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio