The Ross-207 project stems from a local and state
effort to address the county’s transportation infrastructure needs in relation
to ongoing and anticipated growth and development, specifically in and around
the city of Chillicothe, that was first identified in the 1998 Ross County Thoroughfare Plan. Also included in the plan was the construction of
Veterans Parkway; the partial interchanges at U.S. 35 and Pleasant Valley; the
widening of S.R. 104; and the first S.R. 207 connector to create a segmented bypass around the county's northern corridor. And while construction
and upgrades to these facilities have been completed, the Ross-207 Extension is
the final component to complete the connectivity of the county’s primary
two-lane state highway system to U.S. 23 and U.S. 35.
Working with local officials, ODOT
began preliminary development of the Ross-207 Extension project in 2011, and by the
spring of 2014, a preferred alternative (Alternative A) to extend the route from U.S. 23 to the
junction of S.R. 159 and S.R. 180 was selected. However, due to subsequent
environmental studies that identified an impact to a Category 3 wetland identified as a fen within the project alignment, the project has been redesigned and the
alignment moved slightly south to avoid this unique ecological resource. As a
result, the new alternative (Alternative B2) will connect the roadway to S.R. 159 with a
roundabout, and a second roundabout will be constructed at the junction of S.R.
159 and S.R. 180 to aid in the movement of traffic and enhance safety.
Click here for a downloadable handout about the upcoming S.R. 207 Extension Project!