ODOT to hold Public Meeting on Proposed Interchange Improvements
Preliminary design for I-70, U.S. 40 and SR 331 Interchange; impacts to Fox Shannon Park to be on display
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, April 4, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is proposing improvements to the Interstate 70, U.S. Route 40, and State Route 331 Interchange in Richland Township, Belmont County.
The current interchange and surrounding roadways have numerous safety and functional deficiencies associated with the existing interchange configuration. Over the past year, ODOT has met with project stakeholders and members of the public to review conceptual design alternatives that were developed for improvements to the interchange. The feedback solicited from the public was used by the Project Management Team to refine the concepts into feasible designs and to identify a Preferred Alternative.
As design work has progressed, ODOT has identified minor impacts to the Fox Shannon Park. Fox Shannon Park is a recognized Section 4(f) property in accordance with 23 CFR 774. The use of federal funds subjects the project to the requirements of Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Act of 1966. This law protects publicly owned parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges as well as public or privately-owned historic sites. As part of the project, an old farm fence along the northern property line of the park will be removed, and the single lane, gravel access drive into the park will be upgraded to two lanes and paved. Additionally, more parking spaces will be created within the parking lot. To allow for construction of the driveway and removal of the fence, temporary right of way will be acquired along the northern and eastern property boundaries. During construction, access to the park will be maintained.
ODOT will host a public involvement meeting to present the Preliminary Design of the I-70/US-40/SR-331 Interchange along with the impacts and improvements proposed to the Fox Shannon Park. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format with an open microphone question and answer session. The public is invited to view exhibits of the Preferred Alternative Preliminary Design for the project and the proposed impacts and improvements to the Fox Shannon Park as well as ask the Project Management Team questions relevant to the project. Persons attending the meeting who require special assistance or accommodations should contact the ODOT representative below prior to April 12th, so arrangements can be made to accommodate any special need requirements.
Anyone interested in this project is encouraged to attend. ODOT continues to seek comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project. Environmental impacts include those involving archeological, architectural and ecological resources, hazardous materials and the general location of the project. ODOT will consider questions and comments received from the public as they move this project through detailed design.
Comment forms will be available for the public to complete at the meeting, or they can be mailed at a later time to ODOT District 11, ATTN: Christopher J. Varcolla, 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. In order to proceed with the project in a timely manner, all comments must be submitted by May 2, 2012.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
5:45 p.m. – Brief introduction by Project Management Team
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. – Open microphone question and answer period
WHERE: Belmont Technical College, “Red Room”
120 Fox-Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us