Preferred Alternative Selected For Ross-207 Extension
Chillicothe (Thursday, March 13, 2014) – Although still in its preliminary stages of development, the Ross-207 Extension project gained some ground as the Ohio Department of Transportation has selected a preferred alternative for the route.
Representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 and its consultants from HDR Engineering have been conducting studies and developing plans to construct a two-lane route that would extend state Route 207 from its junction with U.S. Route 23 to the intersection of Ohio-159 and 180 in Ross County. In addition to their studies, they have held stakeholder and public meetings to discuss with and solicit comments from the public for a preferred alternative for the new roadway.
“As a result of these meetings, public support and further, detailed analyses by ODOT, the department has decided to pursue Alternative A with a roundabout,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson.
This alternative would extend S.R. 207 from Hospital Road to connect at the S.R. 159 and S.R. 180 intersection with a roundabout. While meeting the purpose and need of the project to improve traffic flow in the county’s northeast corridor and accommodate future demands, this alternative will have fewer overall environmental and property impacts than the other options that have been studied.
Other alternatives included widening Delano Road and constructing the extension from Hospital Road to cross S.R. 159 between Kinnikinnick and Delano Road. With this latter option, the route would bypass Kinnikinnick and the existing intersection of S.R. 180 would possibly be closed and cul-de-saced at its junction with S.R. 159.
Although there is no funding in place to secure right of way or construct the project, ODOT and its consultants will continue to complete the design plans, as well as pursue funding options for construction.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9
740-774-8834 (office) or 740-637-9037 (mobile)