Belmont County Interchange Receives Preliminary Approval
Project proposal to enter 30-day public comment phase before final funding decision
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, December 18, 2014) – Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) today gave preliminary approval to fund the reconstruction of the interchange at Interstate 70, U.S. Route 40, and State Route 331 in Belmont County in 2016.
The project aims to reduce congestion and improve safety and functional deficiencies currently associated with the existing interchange configuration. Construction will include:
· Widening of U.S. 40, SR 331 and Hammond Road
· A new connector between existing SR 331 and Hammond Road
· Improved roadway and interchange design
· SR 331 bridge replacement
· Twin bridge deck replacements on I-70 over U.S. 40
· Pedestrian facilities within the project limits
ODOT is asking the TRAC for the remaining $4 million needed to fund construction of the $21 million project. The project proposal now moves into a 30-day public comment period before the TRAC makes its final decisions.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “Just yesterday, the Belmont County Commissioners met and approved donating county-owned property to ODOT for right of way needed on this project, and today, the TRAC released its draft list which included this project. This is good news for eastern Ohio. The county’s commitment and partnership have been invaluable and helped us move this project forward.”
The public comment period ends Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Written public comments may be submitted here, sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the Ohio Department of Transportation, C/O Jim Gates, 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223.
The nine-member TRAC was established by the Ohio Revised Code in 1997 and provides guidance for developing a project selection process for ODOT’s largest investments of more than $12 million.
A complete list of all projects TRAC approved for construction throughout the state in the coming years is located here.
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